PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Mark 10:32-34
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“The disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid.” (Mark 10:32)
Jesus is leading his followers into the battlezone, where trouble awaits them.
Instead of hiding or running, Jesus is doing what God tells him to do.
Even if it means difficulty, suffering, and even death.
Following Jesus still leads us into uncomfortable or difficult situations.
Jesus wants us to love sinners, but what will our friends think?
Jesus wants us to be generous with the poor, but what will our family say?
Jesus wants us to forgive those who hurt us, but what about our own feelings?
It is natural for disciples then and now to be astonished.
It is understandable that followers are afraid to follow Jesus’s way.
But Jesus is not calling us to choose suffering, he is calling us to choose love.
Love is the better way, and it is the only way that our world can be restored.
Our world needs the Jesus way, and it needs us to choose it even when it is hard.
Do I really believe that the Jesus way is the only true way to life?
Do I still want to go with Jesus, even if it means going to Jerusalem?
Lord, like many people I like the idea of being saved. But the path there is an unsettling and frightening. Keep my eyes on your love, and not on the suffering. Show me how people will be blessed, and I will find joy, when I continue to walk with you towards Jerusalem.