Then Jesus and his followers left there
and went through Galilee. Jesus did not want
the people to know where they were. He
wanted to teach his followers alone. He said
to them, "The Son of Man* will be handed
over to the control of other men, who will
kill him. After three days, he will rise from
death." But the followers did not understand
what he meant, and they were afraid
to ask him.
— Mark 9:30-32
Despite some of Jesus' own personal teaching, the disciples are having a very difficult time understanding that he must die and be raised from the dead. From their understanding and because of their expectations, the Messiah should be a conquering redeemer. With all the powerful displays they had seen from Jesus, we can understand that it must have been hard for them to even imagine anyone having the power of Jesus. Sometimes our understanding about Jesus' truth is blocked because of our expectations of him. Let's ask God to remove the blindness from our own eyes!
O Father, I confess that what I want from Jesus sometimes blinds me to what I need from him and what he longs to teach me. Please remove my blindness and gently correct me so that I can know and live your truth. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Today's Verses in Context
Then Jesus and his followers left there and went through Galilee. Jesus did not want the people to know where they were. He wanted to teach his followers alone. He said to them, "The Son of Man will be handed over to the control of other men, who will kill him. After three days, he will rise from death." But the followers did not understand what he meant, and they were afraid to ask him. Jesus and his followers went to Capernaum. They went into a house. Then Jesus said to his followers, "I heard you arguing on the road today. What were you arguing about?" But the followers did not answer, because their argument on the road was about which one of them was the greatest. Jesus sat down and called the twelve apostles to him. Jesus said, "If any person wants to be the most important, then he must make all other people more important than himself. That person must serve all other people." Then Jesus took a small child. Jesus stood the child before the followers. Jesus held the child in his arms and said, "If a person accepts children like these in my name, then that person is also accepting me. And if a person accepts me, then that person is also accepting the One (God) that sent me."
Related Scripture Readings
Jesus and his followers came to Bethsaida. Some people brought a blind man to Jesus. They begged Jesus to touch the man. So Jesus held the blind man's hand and led him out of the village. Then Jesus spit on the man's eyes. Jesus put his hands on the blind man and asked him, "Can you see now?" The blind man looked up and said, "Yes, I see people. They look like trees walking around." Again Jesus put his hands on the blind man's eyes. Then the man opened his eyes wide. His eyes were healed, and he was able to see everything clearly.
Jesus said, "I came into this world so that the world could be judged. I came so that blind people could see. And I came so that people who think they see will become blind." Some of the Pharisees were near Jesus. They heard Jesus say this. They asked, "What? Are you saying that we are blind too?" Jesus said, "If you were really blind (without understanding), you would not be guilty of sin. But you say that you see (know what you are doing). So you are guilty."
So Ananias left and went to the house of Judas. He put his hands on Saul and said, "Saul, my brother, the Lord Jesus sent me. He is the One you saw on the road when you came here. Jesus sent me so that you can see again and so that you can be filled with the Holy Spirit. " Immediately, something that looked like fish scales fell off Saul's eyes. Saul was able to see again! Saul got up and was baptized.