What Jesus Did! 'Fearful Following' — Mark 10:32

Monday July 25th, 2016

Jesus and the people with him were going to Jerusalem. Jesus was leading the people. Jesus' followers were amazed. But those people that followed behind them were afraid. Jesus gathered the twelve apostles again and talked with them alone. Jesus told them what would happen in Jerusalem.
— Mark 10:32

Key Thought

Two things strike me powerfully about these verses and the people they describe. First, despite their great fear, Jesus' followers still followed him even though they knew danger awaited them. This is a great reminder that faith can help lead us on to face life's biggest challenges even when we can't understand exactly what is going on and when we're not really ready for the challenges. Second, Jesus knew what lay ahead for himself, but rather than looking after his own needs, he was busy trying to prepare his followers for what lay ahead. Jesus was a servant to his followers even to the very end when he displayed the ultimate act of service and gave his life for them and also for us.

Today's Prayer

O God, give those of us who follow Jesus faith that can inspire our courage and keep us following even when we can't understand. To face life's biggest challenges with question marks and confusion is very difficult for us, but we do trust that you will lead us through. We only ask that our faith not fail us! In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Peter said to Jesus, "We left everything to follow you!" Jesus said, "I tell you the truth. Every person that has left his home, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, or farm for me and for the Good News will get a hundred times more than he left. Here in this world that person will get more homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and farms. And with those things, that person will have persecutions. But he will also have a reward in the world that is coming. That reward is life forever. Many people that have the highest place now will have the lowest place in the future. And the people that have the lowest place now will have the highest place in the future." Jesus and the people with him were going to Jerusalem. Jesus was leading the people. Jesus' followers were amazed. But those people that followed behind them were afraid. Jesus gathered the twelve apostles again and talked with them alone. Jesus told them what would happen in Jerusalem. Jesus said, "We are going to Jerusalem. The Son of Man will be given to the leading priests and teachers of the law. The priests and the teachers of the law will say that the Son of Man must die. They will give the Son of Man to the non-Jewish people. Those people will laugh at him and spit on him. They will beat him with whips and kill him. But on the third day after his death, he will rise to life again."

Mark 10:28-34

Related Scripture Readings

You can go to God Most-High to hide. You can go to the God All-Powerful for protection. I say to the Lord, "You are my place of safety, my fortress. My God, I trust you." God will save you from hidden dangers and dangerous diseases. You can go to God for protection. He will protect you like a bird spreading its wings over its babies. God will be like a shield and a wall protecting you. You will have nothing to fear at night. And you won't be afraid of enemy arrows during the day. You will not be afraid of diseases that come in the dark, or terrible sicknesses that come at noon.

Psalm 91:1-6

We have those many people {of faith} around us. Their lives tell us what faith means. So we should be like them. We too should run the race that is before us and never stop trying. We should take away {from our lives} anything that would stop us. And we should take away the sin that so easily catches us. We should always follow the example of Jesus. Jesus is the leader in our faith. And he makes our faith perfect. He suffered death on the cross. But Jesus accepted the shame of the cross like it was nothing. He did this because of the joy that God put before him. And now he is sitting at the right side of God's throne. Think about Jesus. He was patient while sinful men were doing bad things against him. Think about him, so that you also will be patient and not stop trying.

Hebrews 12:1-3

But many people believed in Jesus. Even many of the Jewish leaders believed in Jesus. But they were afraid of the Pharisees. So they did not say openly that they believed. They were afraid that they would be put out of the synagogue.

John 12:42

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About this Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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