We are continuing are study in Mark, Jesus for the 3rd or 4th time is telling His disciple
33 saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and will hand Him over to the Gentiles.
34 “They will mock Him and spit on Him, and scourge Him and kill Him, and three days later He will rise again.” (Mark 10:33-34)
This is huge; our Lord is clearly telling them He will be killed.
I love what J C Ryle wrote
“Let us mark this well. There was nothing involuntary and unforeseen in our Lord’s death. It was the result of His own free, determinate, and deliberate choice. From the beginning of His earthly ministry He saw the cross before Him, and went to it a willing sufferer. He knew that His death was the needful payment that must be made to reconcile God and man. That payment He had covenanted and engaged to make at the price of His own blood. And so when the appointed time came, like a faithful substitute, He kept His word, and died for our sins on Calvary.”
How did the disciples respond lets read on?
35 James and John, the two sons of Zebedee, came up to Jesus, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask of You.”
36 And He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?”
37 They said to Him, “Grant that we may sit, one on Your right and one on Your left, in Your glory.”
38 But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?”
39 They said to Him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you shall drink; and you shall be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized.
40 “But to sit on My right or on My left, this is not Mine to give; but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”
41 Hearing this, the ten began to feel indignant with James and John. (Mark 10:35-41)
They still don’t get it, they are clinging to the idea that Christ kingdom is here on earth, so lets get are seats in order, lets lift ourselves up over others. If we read in Matthew Gospel, it’s their mother who actually makes the request verse 37, “Grant that we may sit, one on Your right and one on Your left, in Your glory.”
I love our Lords response, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” and quick to answer We Are Able!!
You better be careful for what you ask for you might get it. Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you shall drink; and you shall be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized.
And we learn in scripture that James was martyred Act 12:2 And John was exiled on the Isle of Patmos. Although it is not believed that he was martyred, he may have been executed; we do not know. Revelation 1:9.
Jesus goes on verse 40 “But to sit on My right or on My left, this is not Mine to give; but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”
We don’t get a place in heaven or for that matter earn our rewards on selfish motives or our own ideas on how things should be; we don’t lift ourselves over others. It’s not about methods and plans men come up with, it’s about being doers of the word (James 1:21-27)
Jesus goes on to explain. We become servants to others, we become less. We become like Christ
42 Calling them to Himself, Jesus said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them.
43 “But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant;
44 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all.
45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mark10-42-45)
Our rewards and honors in the Kingdom are God’s sovereign will. He is the author of Salvation and everything that comes under that name, repentance, grace, justification, regeneration, sanctification, glorification, and then we see our Savior face to face and our right place in heaven.
That should bring joy to our heart and life as we walk a life worthy of the gospel that God’s sovereign will is in control.
Romans 8:28-39 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;
30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?
33 Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies;
34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.
35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 Just as it is written,
“For Your sake we are being put to death all day long;
We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.
38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Paul ends Romans 11 after giving 11 chapters of intense theology and doctrine for us to learn, he ends with this and so will I.
For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.
Grace and Peace to you in Him with love