“And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto Him,
‘Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of Man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn Him to death, and shall deliver Him to the Gentiles: and they shall mock Him, and shall scourge Him, and shall spit upon Him, and shall kill Him: and the third day He shall rise again.’” Mark 10:32-34 (KJB)
This was the final time Jesus and His disciples would be going up to Jerusalem. The disciples seemed to understand that, but not really understanding the coming consequences of this trip. They had heard Jesus mentioned His death; and they had seen the hatred of the religious leaders toward Him.
They probably were afraid of any coming backlash against them, because they were His followers; and of what would become of them following the worst they could imagine.
Verse 32 was my focus as I was reading chapters 10-12 today. There are times I am fearful. Sometimes it is a senseless fear. I mean by that it is something contrived in my own mind. Other times it comes from real time and life situations. When ever fear invades is usually when I am not expecting it. When I am afraid I choose to hear what the Master says, rather than what my fearful thoughts have imagined.
I have learned that I must question my fears; never my faith. I am still learning that.
Don’t you just love the way Jesus comforts, and encourages His disciples? He tells them the events that are going to happen; the ones they are fearful of; but does not leave them without the promise, “He shall rise again.”
Are you going through a fearful situation? Is it something too big for you to handle? Is it a contriving of your own mind? Either way remember He has risen. He died on the cross for the sins of the world; yours and mine; then, He was buried, and He rose again. He forever lives that we too might live and reign with Him forever.