HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL
Mark 10:32-52 , Mark 10 ; 32-45 1/31 2010
Christâ€™s going on with his undertaking for the salvation of mankind, was, is, and will be, the wonder of all his disciples. Worldly honour is a glittering thing, with which the eyes of Christâ€™s own disciples have many times been dazzled. Our care must be, that we may have wisdom and grace to know how to suffer with him; and we may trust him to provide what the degrees of our glory shall be. Christ shows them that dominion was generally abused in the world. If Jesus would gratify all our desires, it would soon appear that we desire fame or authority, and are unwilling to taste of his cup, or to have his baptism; and should often be ruined by having our prayers answered. But he loves us, and will only give his people what is good for them.
1. Back on the road (Mark 10:32-34)
Mark 10:32 Back on the road, they set out for Jerusalem. Jesus had a head start on them, and they were following, puzzled and not just a little afraid. He took the Twelve and began again to go over what to expect next. 33â€œListen to me carefully. Weâ€™re on our way up to Jerusalem. When we get there, the Son of Man will be betrayed to the religious leaders and scholars. They will sentence him to death. Then they will hand him over to the Romans, 34who will mock and spit on him, give him the third degree, and kill him. After three days he will rise alive.â€
He shall rise again; the issue of his sufferings will be glorious to himself, and advantageous to all that are his, v. 33,34. The method and particulars of Christ’s sufferings are more largely foretold here than in any other of the predictions-that he shall first be delivered up by Judas to the chief priests and the scribes; that they shall condemn him to death, but, not having the power to put him to death, shall deliver him to the Gentiles, to the Roman powers, and they shall mock him, and scourge him, and spit upon him, and kill him. Christ had a perfect foresight, not only of his own death, but of all the aggravating circumstances of it; and yet he thus went forth to meet it.
Christ’s prediction of his own sufferings; this string he harped much upon, though in the ears of his disciples it sounded very harsh and unpleasing.
2. The Highest Places of Honor (Mark 10:35-45 )
Mark 10:35 James and John, Zebedeeâ€™s sons, came up to him. â€œTeacher, we have something we want you to do for us.â€36â€œWhat is it? Iâ€™ll see what I can do.â€37â€œArrange it,â€ they said, â€œso that we will be awarded the highest places of honor in your gloryâ€”one of us at your right, the other at your left.â€38Jesus said, â€œYou have no idea what youâ€™re asking. Are you capable of drinking the cup I drink, of being baptized in the baptism Iâ€™m about to be plunged into it â€39â€œSure,â€ they said. â€œWhy not?â€ Jesus said, â€œCome to think of it, you will drink the cup I drink, and be baptized in my baptism. 40But as to awarding places of honor, thatâ€™s not my business. There are other arrangements for that.â€ 41When the other ten heard of this conversation, they lost their tempers with James and John. 42Jesus got them together to settle things down. â€œYouâ€™ve observed how godless rulers throw their weight around,â€ he said, â€œand when people get a little power how quickly it goes to their heads. 43Itâ€™s not going to be that way with you. Whoever wants to be great must become a servant. 44Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave. 45That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not to be servedâ€”and then to give away his life in exchange for many who are held hostage.â€
Christ’s going on with his undertaking for the salvation of mankind, was, is, and will be, the wonder of all his disciples. Worldly honour is a glittering thing, with which the eyes of Christ’s own disciples have many times been dazzled. Our care must be, that we may have wisdom and grace to know how to suffer with him; and we may trust him to provide what the degrees of our glory shall be. Christ shows them that dominion was generally abused in the world. If Jesus would gratify all our desires, it would soon appear that we desire fame or authority, and are unwilling to taste of his cup, or to have his baptism; and should often be ruined by having our prayers answered. But he loves us, and will only give his people what is good for them
Bartimaeus had heard of Jesus and his miracles, and learning that he was passing by, hoped to recover his eyesight. In coming to Christ for help and healing, we should look to him as the promised Messiah. The gracious calls Christ gives us to come to him, encourage our hope, that if we come to him we shall have what we come for. Those who would come to Jesus, must cast away the garment of their own sufficiency, must free themselves from every weight, and the sin that, like long garments, most easily besets them, Heb 12:1. He begged that his eyes might be opened. It is very desirable to be able to earn our bread; and where God has given men limbs and senses, it is a shame, by foolishness and slothfulness, to make themselves, in effect, blind and lame. His eyes were opened. Thy faith has made thee whole: faith in Christ as the Son of David, and in his pity and power; not thy repeated words, but thy faith; Christ setting thy faith to work. Let sinners be exhorted to imitate blind Bartimaeus. Where the gospel is preached, or the written words of truth circulated, Jesus is passing by, and this is the opportunity. It is not enough to come to Christ for spiritual healing, but, when we are healed, we must continue to follow him; that we may honour him, and receive instruction from him. Those who have spiritual eyesight, see that beauty in Christ which will draw them to run after him.