Three Perspectives on the Way to Jerusalem (Mark 10.32-52)

This is a version of my notes for the sermon I will preach tomorrow at the First Baptist Church of Chassahowitzka in beautiful Chassahowitzka, FL. The message is going through some work even now, but I figured I'd post it in this form and at this time.

I was originally going to preach from Mark 10.46-52, but as I prayerfully studied, God showed me some things I had not considered previously. May God speak through me during this message, and as always, may I decrease so He may increase.

32 And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him,

Perspective of Suffering (The Savior)

  • Jesus warns the 12 that He will be delivered to die in Jerusalem.

  • Jesus also explains that He will rise from the dead

  • They lose faith in this later at His crucifixion

  • Unlike any other “religion,” or “religious leader,” Jesus’ prophecy was true and fulfilled and He did rise again

  • No other would-be savior rose from the dead and lives forevermore


33 saying, See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles.

34 And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise.

35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him and said to him, Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.

Perspective of Selfishness (The Two Disciples)

  • James and John (spurred on by their mother- Mt. 20.20-28) disregard the gravity of Jesus’ previous subject seeking their own honor

  • James and John had the audacity to say, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.”

  • They wanted to sit in places of honor and glory after they heard Jesus say He was about to be delivered to die

  • The disciples became angry and Jesus began to teach

  • He described the great as those who would serve

  • He described Himself as a Servant

  • The Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53 who would have the sins of many laid upon Him

  • Jesus set the main example- He was showing Himself to be what Carl F.H. Henry called “the great Liver” by living out His teachings as no other leader ever had or has.


36 And he said to them, What do you want me to do for you?

37 And they said to him, Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.

38 Jesus said to them, You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?

39 And they said to him, We are able. And Jesus said to them, The cup that I drink you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized,

40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.

41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John.

42 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.

43 But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,

44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.

45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. KEY VERSE

46 And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside.

Perspective of Salvation (The Blind Beggar)

  • Bartimaeus means son of Timaeus, emphasized by repetition- probably for a reason

  • Timaeus means “honor”

  • This man is a contrast to James and John: they sought honor, Jesus rejected their request; this man had no honor, despite his name, and Jesus granted his request

  • Bartimaeus “sprang up” when called by Jesus

  • He left behind his cloak- probably used to collect money from begging; left his old life behind not looking back

  • Bartimaeus responded by following Jesus

  • Not the trite and shallow response seen in many places today. He was hungering and thirsting for God (Psm 42)


47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!

48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, Son of David, have mercy on me!

49 And Jesus stopped and said, Call him. And they called the blind man, saying to him, Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.

50 And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus.

51 And Jesus said to him, What do you want me to do for you? And the blind man said to him, Rabbi, let me recover my sight.

52 And Jesus said to him, Go your way; your faith has made you well. And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.

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