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Our World and Death | DAY TWENTY-FIVE

SCRIPTURE READING

“They were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. The disciples were astonished, but those who followed him were afraid. Taking the Twelve aside again, he began to tell them the things that would happen to him. “See, we are going up to Jerusalem. The Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death. Then they will hand him over to the Gentiles, and they will mock him, spit on him, flog him, and kill him, and he will rise after three days.” James and John, the sons of Zebedee, approached him and said, “Teacher, we want you to do whatever we ask you.” “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked them. They answered him, “Allow us to sit at your right and at your left in your glory. Jesus said to them, “You don’t know what you’re asking. Are you able to drink the cup I drink or to be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”

“We are able,” they told him.

Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink, and you will be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with. But to sit at my right or left is not mine to give; instead, it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”

When the ten disciples heard this, they began to be indignant with James and John. Jesus called them over and said to them, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in high positions act as tyrants over them. But it is not so among you. On the contrary, whoever wants to become great among you will be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you will be a slave to all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Mark 10:32-45 CSB

 

THINKING FURTHER

THOUGHTS:
From the moment we are born, we all begin a journey towards death. Likewise, as Jesus travelled towards Jerusalem in those last days, he also knew he was heading towards his bloody crucifixion. He knew not only that he was going to die, but how and why. Ever thought about that? The entire journey was set out towards betrayal and torture, yet he did not look away. For Jesus was a ransom for us. Live your life this Easter week with purpose; knowing Jesus has gone before us, and the Holy Spirit gives us strength and hope in that journey together.

Prayer Focus:
Let us pray that God would help us to understand our own mortality. Let us ask for courage to face the path that Jesus already walked, to run our race to the end, with the hope and knowledge that we will also be raised again in Christ. Let us pray specifically for all those throughout the world hearing the gospel this Sunday to understand and receive it. Pray specifically for your lost friends, family, co-workers and neighbors to come to know Jesus this Easter Sunday. Pray for boldness to speak up about the gospel with them.