Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday, May 27th Mark 10:32-24

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Jeremiah 49-50, Ecclesiastes 12, Hebrews 10
Today's scripture focus is Mark 10:32-34

Mark 10:32-34English Standard Version (ESV)

Jesus Foretells His Death a Third Time

32 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, 33 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.34 And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise.”

Accompanying John MacArthur sermon: A Preview of Messianic Suffering

Jesus' death did not come as a surprise to Him.  In this passage in particular, it is very clear that Jesus knew exactly what was coming.  Because of both His perfect knowledge of Old Testament scripture, and because of His personal omniscience, He knew what was going to happen, and why it had to happen that way.

He knew every single detail. His suffering was personally planned by God, as recorded in the Old Testament, personally known by Him in detail through His own omniscience. He knew every bit of it and thus He lived in the anticipation of all this agony long before He ever experienced it.

But the story doesn’t end there. Always in all three of these predictions, it ends this way, verse 34, “And three days later, He will rise again.” And He did.

As the Christmas season approaches, this is exactly what we have to keep in  mind. He came for one reason - to live a perfect life, and to die in our place in order to pay our ransom, and to rise again, victorious over Satan, sin, and death.  Christmas isn't really about a manger.  It's about a cross and an empty tomb.

Tomorrow's scripture focus: Mark 10:35-45
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Jeremiah 51-52, Song of Solomon 1, Hebrews 11

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