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Mark 10 - Want v. Need

Let go of what you want to gain what you need.

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Mark 10 Summary

  • v1-12 - The establishment tries once again to trap Jesus, this time asking Him about the hot button issue (both then and now) of divorce. For a more in depth look at Jesus' response, read the other DIG DEEPER posts on Mark 10.

  • v13-16 - Jesus famously instructs His followers to receive the Kingdom of God with childlike faith and trust.

  • v17-31 - In stark contrast to what Jesus had just said about receiving the kingdom with open arms, like a child, the rich man can't stop clinging to his worldly wealth.

  • v32-40 - Jesus tells His followers for the third time that when they get to where they're going, He will be killed.

    • At the same time, again for the third time, Jesus also tells them that after three days He will rise. Which of the two statements do the followers seem to dwell on?

    • James & John (earlier nicknamed by Jesus the sons of Thunder) miss the point completely as they unsuccessfully try to jockey for the top spots in heaven.

  • v41-45 - Jesus puts the Sons of Thunder, now very unpopular with the other 10 disciples, in their place with His famous explanation that He came to sacrifice Himself.

  • v46-52 - The blind man is given sight in Jesus' last recorded healing miracle.

Dig Deeper

Any marketing or PR professional would have loved to be in Jesus' shoes at this point. They could capitalize on the crowds he had attracted and quickly create an organic movement throughout the entire known world to spread Jesus' message of goodwill.

Except that's not what Jesus came to do. Jesus explains why he came in v45: to offer His life as a sacrifice for your sin so that you can have peace with God.

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

AAA Prayer:

  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Our Father God is the only one who is good - He's the overflowing fountain of all goodness (v18)

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Pray that you will be able to let go of the things of this world and fully trust in and follow Jesus




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