When you read the Gospels consistently, you begin to really get a picture for who Jesus is and see some real things begin to emerge. Listen to what we read in Mark 9:30-37:
Jesus Again Foretells His Death and Resurrection
30 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; 31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” 32 But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.
Who Is the Greatest?
33 Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” 34 But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. 35 He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” 36 Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”
When you read about Jesus, from beginning to end of a Gospel, you see what matters to Him, what is truly important, what is essential. And here’s the deal. The Bible tells us that Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God. So when we see Jesus, we see who God is.
Who do we see today, and who have we seen?
Today, we see in Jesus that He knows He must die for the sins of the world. When you read the Gospels, this is impossible to miss. He tells them and teaches them that over and over again, and until after the resurrection, they never fully understood it. But He continued to teach it. He continued to point to it. He continued to stress it to His followers. He must be betrayed, be killed, and be raised again.
It is all heading towards the resurrection. We can not take this part out of Jesus teaching. It is what it is all headed towards. That is unmissable in the Gospels.
But look what else is unmissable. In 33-37, he teaches that to be great in the kingdom of God, we have to be humble. We have to serve. We have to understand that it’s not about what we get, but what we give. It’s about being the servant of all, not seeking power. It’s about laying down our lives for His sake.
Those things are right there in front of us in the text today, and they are right there in front of us in the Gospels. They are right there in front of us in the life of Jesus.
And as Christians, we are called to follow in the way of Jesus. That means laying down our lives. That means being humble. That means serving. And that means understand that Jesus died and was raised for me. And for you. For all of us. For the sake of the world.
These things are all over the Gospel. And let’s not get so busy reading about Jesus that we forget what truly mattered and was important to Jesus.
He laid down His life to redeem us. And He calls us to love and serve others. Those things are in the forefront of Jesus’ ministry. May they be in the forefront of our lives.
Friday we’ll look at Mark 9:38-41.
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