Preparing His Disciples: Mark 9:30-32
“30) From there they went out and began to go through Galilee, and He did not want anyone to know about it. 31) For He was teaching His disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man is to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him; and when He has been killed, He will rise three days later.” 32) But they did not understand this statement, and they were afraid to ask Him.” Mark‬ ‭9‬:‭30‬-‭32‬ ‭
By this time, Jesus is spending much time preparing His disciples for His coming rejection, crucifixion, burial and resurrection. It was becoming a reoccurring theme.
But, they were in denial. They did not understand what He was teaching them. They did not understand His office as Savior or mission as Passover Lamb.
Jesus came with the cross in mind. Human sin had to be paid in full. Satans power had to be defeated. Death had to be conquered.
Neither did the priests, scribes or pharissrees understand. They were blind to the meaning of Scriptures like Isaiah 53:1-12. They were fulfilling prophecy.
The death, burial and resurrection were by far the greatest sign, wonder, miracle or work of Jesus Christ. They were the final great punctuation mark on His identity and earthly ministry.
Apart from His death, burial and resurrection, the gospel would not be complete. Human redemption would not be possible. Mankind would have been forever lost. Though He repeatedly tried preparing His disciples for this coming event, they did not understand.
I maintain that few believers today understand or enter into the full significance, meaning and power of His death, burial and resurrection. Romans 6-8 is a mystery to them. They are blind to the full meaning of Ephesians 1:19-23. They are baffled by the book of Hebrews and avoid most of it.
These three obscure verses in Mark 9:30-32 are monumental. They point to the apex of the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

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