Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Mark 10:32-34 - Monumental predictions!
Jesus has predicted some of the specific details of his death and resurrection twice already (Mark 8:31, 9:30-31) and now he's talking about it for a third time. Specific details. Ahead of time. On three occasions. These are not the words of a normal man, or even a great man. They are the words of God, who is quite capable of defeating death, planning it in advance and telling people about it so they will sit up and take notice.
We see two opposite reactions to Jesus in this passage: his followers are astonished whilst others are afraid. When confronted with the reality of Jesus, these are the only two logical responses. There was no-one hanging around Jesus at this point who was apathetic or mildly curious and anyone today who has these reactions to Jesus, simply hasn't explored the facts properly for themselves.
Have you explored and considered the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus from the dead? And if you have, are you astonished or afraid?