Saturday, March 8, 2014

Forth Day of Lent: Astonished and Afraid

This post is part of a Lenten reading plan created to compliment the Lenten sermon series at Southland Baptist Church in San Angelo. You can follow that reading plan here.

Today’s reading: Mark 10:32-34

Key Verse: They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid - Mark 10:32.

These days we assume that one of the primary tasks of a leader is to keep his or followers safe. Politicians promise it. School administrators make it a priority. Even church staffs spend an inordinate amount of time talking about how safe the church campus is and how they can make it safer.

Count us among those who would have been astonished on that road to Jerusalem so many years ago as Jesus set his course towards Jerusalem. Everyone knew Jerusalem was not a safe place, at least, it wasn't a safe place for Jesus. The religious leaders had been out to get him for quite a while now. So much so that the various factions had found reason to set aside their differences for the common cause of eliminating a common foe - the man from Galilee.

Had Jesus stayed in Galilee, he might have been ok. The leaders had less influence out in the countryside. In Jerusalem, though, they had both the influence and the opportunity to trap Jesus in some legal technicality.

No wonder the disciples wanted to stay back where it was safe. Jesus had come for another purpose, not to be safe, but to save,even if it cost him his life.

While we continue to be astonished, we probably shouldn't be, that a life lived with Jesus in the lead takes in the same direction.

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