Death of a loved one is something that you cannot ever be fully prepared for. No matter the prognosis nor timeline, there is never enough time to capture all the moments you would like. Loved ones are usually called loved ones because they were someone who inspired you, spoke encouragement into you, showed you how to live, and sacrificed for you. In Mark 10, we begin our "road to the cross" journey by getting a snapshot of a conversation that took place with Jesus and His disciples as they were making their way toward Jerusalem.
32 They were now on the way up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. The disciples were filled with awe, and the people following behind were overwhelmed with fear. Taking the twelve disciples aside, Jesus once more began to describe everything that was about to happen to him. 33 “Listen,” he said, “we’re going up to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence him to die and hand him over to the Romans. 34 They will mock him, spit on him, flog him with a whip, and kill him, but after three days he will rise again.”
In this short passage, there are a rollercoaster of emotions taking place. First you have the disciples who are awestruck by the amazing things Jesus has been doing for the past 3 years. He has been healing people, casting out demons, teaching about who God is, and some of them saw Him having a conversation with Moses and Elijah...both of which had been dead for several hundred years. Also in this passage we read about the overwhelming fear of the people who were following Jesus. I believe that they were hoping that He would turn their fortunes around. They were oppressed, hungry, and without a hopeful future.
In Mark 10, we begin to see who it was that Jesus was sent here for. Both those who have seen God's activity and for those who are desperately needing to see God's activity. Those who are living in awe and for those who are living in fear. Jesus is on the path to bring freedom. But the journey will not be easy. Over the next several days leading to Resurrection Sunday, I want to challenge you to stay connected with us as we share our thoughts on the road ahead.