Who Is This Man
Jesus is entering Jerusalem, and those who are entering Jerusalem alongside him, they are excited about Jesus. They believe that Jesus is a king, and that Jesus is ushering in the kingdom God had promised would arrive with a future descendant of the OT King David. This crowd of followers doesn’t yet appreciate that Jesus, […]
The chapter opens with what is traditionally known as the Triumphal Entry. It’s the week before Jesus’ death and resurrection, an event that what we think of as Palm Sunday, and the beginning of the Passion Week, with Jesus suffering at the hands of the Jewish and Gentile leaders.
When Jesus says, For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many, Jesus is talking about redemption. A ransom is the price paid to redeem someone from bondage and captivity.
The rich man had a blind spot that Jesus exposes. It seems he’s not as good, not as virtuous as he thinks he is. He loves his stuff. More than treasures in heaven, he wants to hold onto his treasures on earth. And that first love keeps the man from following Jesus.
You don’t want to lead others into sin, you don’t want to be carried away by your own sin. Either way the results are more terrible than you can appreciate now. It’s better to turn from your sin now, no matter what you think it might cost you, than to continue in your sin, and […]
What does it look like for us to be followers of Jesus? In the first half Mark 9, Mark records the transfiguration of Jesus, with the curtains temporarily pulled back, so we catch a glimpse of Jesus in his divine glory. Soon after the transfiguration event, Jesus will cast a demon from a boy, who […]