SCRIPTURE: Mark 10:32-34
A Third Time Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection
32 They were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them; they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them what was to happen to him, 33 saying, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death; then they will hand him over to the Gentiles; 34 they will mock him, and spit upon him, and flog him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise again.”
The disciples often get a bad wrap for seeming to not understand the things that Jesus is really talking about. But in their defense, Jesus was teaching new things, things that were counter to the culture of the time. Can you imagine being one of the disciples and hearing Jesus talking about his coming death? Jesus was supposed to bring the new kingdom, to fix all the problems in their world. How would he be able to do that if he was dead? I can only imagine how overwhelmed and confused many of the disciples must have felt hearing these words from their teacher. I often wonder if this was one of the moments when doubt or question began to enter into some of their hearts and minds. Was it this event that maybe made it easier for some of them to flee when Jesus was arrested?
Can you think of a time you were given some really bad, or hard to hear news? Maybe something that completely rocked your world (in a negative way), left you overwhelmed, filled with doubt and anxiety? How did you cope in those moments? Were you able to find something to hold onto for stability and strength, and if so, what was it?
Holy and loving God, there are times in our lives when we received bad news, something that completely overwhelms us, fills us with fear and anxiety. And in those moments, we can be so overcome that we forget that you are always with us. You are with us through every moment of life, the good and the bad. Help us to remember that we can, and should, always turn to you for strength, comfort, and most importantly, love. Amen.