walking with Jesus: Mark 10 making a difference

a different drum beatIn reading Mark 10 we see the difference Jesus wants His disciples to make. We are to march with a different drum beat. When I read the history and biographies of many missionaries, at the beginning of the 20th century, I understand what Jesus means in this chapter. These are Jesus’ disciples. They make a difference. They listen and obey the guidance of the Holy Spirit. They give up their comfort zone because of the great commission of Jesus to make disciples of all nations. Many give their lives for the love of Christ.

Key verses from Jesus on the order of the Kingdom of God in which His disciples are to operate:

1. “43 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else.” (Mark10:43-44)

2. “for My sake and for the Good News.” (Mark 10:29)

The disciples are asked to make a difference in the following aspects of lives:

1. “What did Moses say in the law about divorce?” Jesus questions. He wants His disciples (including all who follow Him) to differentiate with merely being concerned with what the law (whether secular/civil/religious) allows. It is the extra mile we walk with Jesus that matters. The fruit of the Spirit enables and empowers us to walk the second mile with Jesus. (Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23)

2. “One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.”  Jesus wants us to differentiate from the worldly ways of management (e.g. time management), value system (based on hierarchy, monetary and material possessions, social status, political and governmental posts etc.).

3. “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Jesus wants us to make a difference even in our daily living just as Jesus has done.

4. “the blind man said, “I want to see!”” Jesus wants us to really see when others remain blinded by the things of the world and its system.

1 John 2:15-16 15 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.

~~~~~~~~~~~Bible verses from Mark 10 (quoted in parts; boldness added)

Then Jesus left Capernaum and went down to the region of Judea and into the area east of the Jordan River. Once again crowds gathered around him, and as usual he was teaching them.

Some Pharisees came and tried to trap him with this question: “Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife?”

Jesus answered them with a question: “What did Moses say in the law about divorce?”

“Well, he permitted it,” they replied. “He said a man can give his wife a written notice of divorce and send her away.”[a]

But Jesus responded, “He wrote this commandment only as a concession to your hard hearts. Later, when he was alone with his disciples in the house, they brought up the subject again. 11 He told them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. 12 And if a woman divorces her husband and marries someone else, she commits adultery.”

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13 One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.

14 When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. 15 I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” 16 Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.

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17 As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good...

21 Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

22 At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

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28 Then Peter began to speak up. “We’ve given up everything to follow you,” he said.

29 “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, 30 will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life. 31 But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.[g]

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33 “Listen,” he said, “we’re going up to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man[h] will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence him to die and hand him over to the Romans.[i] 34 They will mock him, spit on him, flog him with a whip, and kill him, but after three days he will rise again.

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35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came over and spoke to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do us a favor.”

36 “What is your request?” he asked.

37 They replied, “When you sit on your glorious throne, we want to sit in places of honor next to you, one on your right and the other on your left.”

41 When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked, they were indignant. 42 So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 43 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

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51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked.

“My Rabbi,[j]the blind man said, “I want to see!”

52 And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.[k]