Thursday, October 13: Mark 10- Humbled by Jesus sacrifice.

For the third time Jesus tells his disciples what fate awaits him in Jerusalem. Verses 32-34: They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again he took the Twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to him. “We are going up to Jerusalem,” he said, “and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise.”

With astonishing detail Jesus explains His impending death. I realize that Jesus was simply trying to prepare His disciples for the events to come, to give them heart amidst the emotional upheaval that they would certainly encounter.

But where my thoughts went was to Jesus who had lived with the vivid understanding of what will happen to Him in the days to come.

How horrible and difficult that must have been to know the gruesome ordeal that He had to endure. The events of His execution are horrific enough, but to know them in detail before they happen make them even worse in my book.

Knowing what was coming, Jesus still continued to live for other people, to tell the way of salvation, to heal and help the hurting and sick. Knowing the horrific future never disrupted his day to day work and care for people.

I am more humbled by Jesus’ sacrifice, having considered these words. He knew and still He gave. He knew and still He marched on to His death so that all who believe could live.

O what a savior! O what a Lord!

O sacred head now wounded with grief and scorn to bear… mine, mine was the transgression and yours the grief and pain.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for going through with the cross, dying so that I might live.

I thank You. I live for You. Halleluiah, what a Savior. Halleluiah, what a Lord!!!


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