Discussing His Own Death
Written by: Bailey Chapa
Click HERE to listen to todays devotion And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, "See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles. And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise."
- Mark 10:32-34 (ESV)
When hanging out with your friends, what do you do?
Go on fun adventures? Maybe hiking or the closest national park?
Oh how about having photoshoots? I have some awkward middle school photos of my dog and I trying really hard to look super cute!
I also remember talking about all the cute boys at our school and who liked who in middle school. Nowadays, my friends and I talk about money, our jobs, what our relationship status is or isn't, the craziness of the world, etc. Sometimes we will have hard conversations about what is really happening and what we are feeling with the craziness of this world. We also sit and pray about everything we talked about, talking with God, who will give us what we were seeking in that moment (Matthew 7:7-8).
Jesus also had to have some hard conversations, especially when He started His ministry. He had 12 close friends around Him and I am sure they sat, talked, and did life together, just like we do today! For me, though, a particular conversation stands out the most. This particular conversation actually happens three times with His friends! Jesus knew this topic was extremely important for His friends to understand - HIS OWN DEATH.
Death can be a hard topic to discuss and it can even be hard to understand its importance. I know for me, I overlook His death on a daily basis, and last week, my church went over Mark 10:32-34.
“And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, ‘See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles. And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise.’” (Mark 10:32-34 ESV)
Wow. Jesus is foreshadowing His death.
I would have reacted in a similar way to Peter when he first heard Jesus talk about His death. “Peter pulled Jesus aside and began to rebuke him.” (Mark 8:32 ESV).
Peter was saying no, that is not what is going to happen, stop thinking that way! Hearing this, I was thinking about the time between the end of the Old Testament to the beginning of the New Testament and the length of time before there was any news of Jesus being born. And now the Savior, whom we have been waiting on for a very long time, is stating that He has come to die! No, that is not how it is supposed to work. We need Him to come and change everything--now!
Yet, when Jesus replied to Peter, “...he rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.’” (Mark 8:33 ESV).
And as much as that was just a slap in the face for me, Jesus said it so clearly. My thinking was thinking on things of man, not of God. God had a plan.
Jesus' death is our hope!
Hope for all the promises that God has given us!
Hope for forgiveness of all our sins! Even the ones that haven’t happened yet!
Hope for an intimate relationship with God, not a relationship of sacrificing animals to be right with God (how they did it in the Old Testament, before Jesus)!
Hope that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit fought for us!
Jesus' death changes everything.
1. How does Jesus’ death, that brings hope, change your everyday?
2. Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior? If not, I challenge you to go to the Lane of Roses webpage. Hover over the ‘About Us’ tab and click on Explore Faith. Here is a great place to start learning more about Jesus and a relationship with Him plus getting connected with someone to answer any questions you may have.
Also, WELCOME TO THE FAMILY! We are so happy to have you here!
Dear Heavenly Father,
WOW! God, thank You for Your Son! His death is tragic and sad, yet such a powerful act! It brings us hope every single day! A hope for forgiveness every time we sin. A hope for peace when we are sad! A hope for love when we are lacking it from those around us! A hope for all! Because His death changes everything!
I pray those who have a current relationship with Him use this as a reminder of His amazing hope!
I pray for those that have not accepted Jesus as their Savior, that You will open up their heart to receive what You have to offer!
Lord, You are amazing in everything You offer us and do for us! Thank You for sending Your Son to do the amazing act!
In Your hopeful name,
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