April 15, 2023
DAY 105 JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
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Focus Verses For Today: Mark 10:32-34
Our journey today begins, most likely on Mt. Hermon, with the transfiguration and concludes with Jesus, for the third time in the book of Mark, speaking to His disciples about His death. Next week’s study from the Book of Mark starts with Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, Palm Sunday. This is not jumping ahead: it putting Holy Week into perspective. In the context of our reading for today, if we lived 2000 and a few years ago, tomorrow, Jesus entered Jerusalem as the triumphant King – only 5 days later, on Friday Jesus would die nailed to a cross. The story was only beginning.
Take some time to ask God for His understanding of Jesus’ journey, as we journey with Him in Mark 9-10. Read Mark 9-10. Let’s journey!
Mark 9-10: As already mentioned, our reading today begins with the transfiguration. This is where Moses and Elijah meet Jesus on Mt. Hermon in the presence of His disciples, the ones He chose to accompany Him – Peter, James, and John. If they doubted Jesus is the Son of God – all doubt left at that moment. Jesus heals a boy whom His disciples could not. Jesus predicts His death a second time. Jesus warns against causing a believer to stumble. Jesus teaches on divorce and that your treasure is where your heart is. Once again, Jesus predicts His death. James and John make a request and Bartimaeus’ sight is restored by his faith. (Mark 9:1-10:52)
Our focus verses for today:
32 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. 33 “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, 34 who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise.”
(Mark 10:32-34, NIV)
This is the third time that Jesus told His disciples that He was going to die. He was going to die soon. He wanted them to understand what was about to happen before it happened. He also wanted them to know that, in just three days after His death, He would rise from the grave, living again. These men, these 12 men, the 12 men Jesus had chosen, are being told that the person to whom they had given their lives, the person who everyone identified them with was going to die. What do you think they were thinking?
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