Out Of Tune With Jesus: Mark 10:32-34
“32) They were on the road going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking on ahead of them; and they were amazed, and those who followed were fearful. And again He took the twelve aside and began to tell them what was going to happen to Him, 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 ‭10‬:‭32‬-‭34‬ ‭
This text corresponds to Matthew 20:17-19 and Luke 18:31-34. The final week of His earthy ministry had arrived. Jesus was trying to prepare His disciples for His coming death, burial and resurrection.
This was not a new theme. If you go back and review Mark 8:31 and 9:31, this was the third significant time He focused on this theme. Yet, they were living in denial.
It appears from verse 32 that the designation traveling with Jesus from Galilee included more than His twelve disciples. How many accompanied Him is a mystery, but it included those mentioned in Acts 1:14 and Barsabbas and Matthias. (Acts 1:21-26) It was not unusual for large caravans of people to travel to Jerusalem for the Passover.
The reader gets the picture from Mark 10:32 that the caravan traveling with Jesus was spread out. Jesus went ahead and some straggled behind. However, there was a sense that something unusual awaited them on this trip. Mark said some were “amazed” and others were “fearful.”
It was at this time that Jesus pulled the twelve aside and warned them of His coming arrest, trial and crucifixion. (Mark 10:33-34) Luke 18:34 adds; “But the disciples understood none of these things, and the meaning of this statement was hidden from them, and they did not comprehend the things that were said.”
This helps what happens in the next section. It never surprises me when Christians and the church in general are out of sync and out of tune with what God is doing. Such seems to be the case in our days.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global Sent from my iPhone