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Jesus Tells of His Death Once More

Mark 10.32-34
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, 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. And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise.”
For the third time here in the book of Mark we find Jesus once again telling His disciples of His death. This must have been very hard for His disciples to hear. Can you imagine being one of the Twelve in this instance, and Jesus is telling you these words that He has already shared two separate times before? I don’t know how you would respond, but for me it would be hard to swallow. But Jesus, wanting to drive His point home and not wanting to catch His disciples off guard in the end, tells them again what must happen to Him. For truly this is the reason and main purpose for His coming. Jesus knew and understood that disciples (both then and now) can be a little a clueless at times. Sometimes we have to be told over and over again before we finally get it.

And O how wonderful it is that Jesus fulfilled what He came and said He was going to do, affording us the opportunity to become children of God by His sacrifice, death, burial, and resurrection from the dead. By not sparing His own body and blood, He paid the ransom payment for many.

Friend, I ask you today, do you believe Jesus truly did what He said He did? I trust that the answer is yes, but if not, consider once more the words found here in Mark 10, as well as in Mark 14-15, that tell of His sacrifice upon the cross of Calvary followed by His death, burial, and resurrection from the dead. For truly He came and paid the ultimate sacrifice for we who would come to faith.

That can include you today if you confess and believe that Jesus is Lord and believe in the gospel, that He lived, died, was buried, and on the third day rose from the grave and was resurrected. I pray today that if you didn’t know Christ before, you do now. Tell someone; write to us and let us know. We would love to talk to you about what this new life in Christ means and looks like.

In Christ’s Service,
Cody Ragland
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