“We are going up to Jerusalem, he said, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise.” Mark 10:33-34
As the disciples and Jesus were heading up to Jerusalem, Jesus decides to tell them what is going to happen there. It is not a pretty picture. It is a rough road. He tells how He will be handed over, mocked, spit upon, and killed.
Imagine how the disciples must have been feeling at this point. Here is the Man they believe is the Messiah, who has come to save them, is now going to be killed.
Also, think about how Jesus was feeling. He came and did absolutely nothing wrong, yet He was going forward into the greatest trouble any man could ever face in all of history.
Yet, they went forward, because of the last line Jesus had spoken in this passage: “Three days later he will rise”. Jesus knew He was going to die, but He also knew He was going to rise again, victorious.
What would you do if you knew that going into town today you were going to get killed? Most people would not go. They would go somewhere else.
Jesus knew He had to go to Jerusalem, it was the Father’s will. It was a part of the plan to save the world.
God may not be asking you to go to a physical death today, but He is asking you to die to yourself. God has a plan for your life. That plan may not always be cheerful and fun. It may include some very harsh pain, yet it is with your best interest in mind.
Are you willing to walk the path God has for you? Remember, the most that can happen to you is you get killed, but later you will rise again with Jesus.
Go forward today in God’s plan knowing that you will rise again victorious, just as Jesus did. It may be a rough road, but it will be worth it in the end.
I pray today that God will give you the strength to walk the path He has for you; that God will remove the fear of trouble; that you will trust God’s plan for your life; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.