Jesus Teaches Concerning Divorce: 10:1-31.
(Read: Mark 10:1-31)
Jesus Left Galilee and went to the region of Judea. The Pharisees asked him question about marriage and divorce, hoping to find fault with Jesus. Jesus once again exposed the hypocrisy of the religious leaders. God’s will is that a married couple stays together until death. To know more, read Matthew 19:1-9. Some parents brought their children to Jesus. When the disciples wanted to stop them. Jesus said “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them. For the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these children”. The children’s faith is simple and unwavering. Jesus took the children in his arms and blessed them. He extends his grace to all people including, those who are not highly valued in the society. Jesus is not impressed with our intellectual or social status but with our willingness to surrender ourselves to him. A rich young ruler came to Jesus, knelt before him and asked “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life. Jesus said “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone”. Jesus challenged him think about his priorities. Jews believed that wealth was a sign of God’s blessing. Jesus said to the rich man “You lack one thing; go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and follow me”. Disheartened by this saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. The disciples were astonished and said “Then who in the world can be saved?” Jesus said “With man it is impossible, but not with God. Everything is possible with God”. God is looking for childlike faith and not wealth or social status to get saved. To know more read Matthew 19:16-30. Jesus said "Those who have given up things to follow Christ will receive hundredfold and eternal life. But many who considered to be important now will be the least in the Kingdom of God.
Jesus Teaches the Importance Serving Others: 10:32-52.
(Read: Mark 10:32-52)
James and John asked Jesus a favor. “Grant us to sit one at your right hand and another at your left hand in glory”. Jesus said to them “You do not know what you ask. Can you drink the cup that I drink, and be with the baptism that I am baptized with?” Instead of admitting their frailty they said “We are able”. Jesus was referring to his death here. A position in heaven is given not upon request, but for whom it is prepared for faithful service. Jesus said “For even the son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many”. Jesus paid the ransom to set us free from the slavery of Sin and Satan. Christ’s death was his ultimate act of sacrifice. The Christians should imitate Christ’s example by humbly surrendering to God’s will and to his purposes. When Jesus reached Jericho, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus shouted “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me”. People tried to silence him but he kept on calling Jesus louder. Jesus saw his need and asked him “What do you want me to do for you? The blind man said “Teacher I want to see”. Jesus said to him “Go your way; your faith has made you well”. Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus. No matter who you are, Jesus offer his grace if you seek him in faith. James and John request glory but Batimaeus requested mercy. James and John were physically seeing but they were spiritually blind. God poured out mercy on the one who was blind but spiritually seeing. Those who seek mercy from God will receive it.