Our eyes are blinded spiritually more often than physically. Jesus opens spiritual eyes to allow us to truly serve Him and His purpose.
In Mark 10, Jesus is in Jericho. Jericho is the lowest city on the planet and the oldest city. The Pharisees were questioning Him on law. Jesus’s teaching was meant to open their spiritual eyes.
Marriage and Children
The Pharisees questioned Him about the Mosaic law of marriage. Jesus reminded themGod created man and woman. In marriage, they become one. He also expressed how children should be taught His ways. Children should see Christ-honoring adults in their life.
- 6 But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’
- 7 ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife,[a]
- 8 and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh.
- 9 What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”
- 13 And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them.
- 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.
- 15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
- 16 And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.
Forsake all to follow Jesus
A rich young ruler ran to Jesus during this conversation and asked what he could do to inherit eternal life. This young man had kept the commandments from his youth.
17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” 20 And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” 21 And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”22 Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
The lowest will be the greatest
The disciples were confused at some His teachings that day. James and John asked Him who would be greatest among them in heaven. Jesus told them whoever was the highest should be a servant to his neighbor.
- 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Can you drink from My cup?
Everyman needs to step on scales of evaluating your servitude to your neighbor. We should evaluate our willingness to stand with every man. Jesus is preparing them for the need for the Son of Man to immerse Himself in sacrifice for God.
Jesus and the disciples were in the Garden of Gethsemane when Peter, James, and John could not continue to pray with Jesus through the night. The Rock crumbled and the Sons of Thunder were quiet. Jesus prayed till beads of sweat and blood appeared on His brow.
The soldiers came for Him led by Judas. Judas identified Him with a kiss. Peter tried to defend Him but Jesus commanded Him to put away his sword. These incidences Jesus used to point out they were not capable of drinking from His cup.
- 35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.”
- 36 And he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?”
- 37 And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.”
- 38 Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?”
- 39 And they said to him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized,
- 40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”
Response to a blind man
A blind man who was ignored and shunned and begged for his keep cried out to Jesus for His mercy. The man threw away all he had to reach Jesus and ask for his sight. Jesus granted his sight and wholeness based on his complete faith.
- 46 And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside.
- 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
- 48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
- 49 And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.”
- 50 And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus.
- 51 And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.”
- 52 And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.