His Purpose

John Koedyker

Read: Mark 10:32-34

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. (v. 32)

This passage tells us a lot about what was going on with Jesus and his followers at this time. There is a great deal of astonishment and fear in the air. But the fear factor has nothing to do with Jesus. Our key verse says they were on their way to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them.

Did you get that? Jesus is out front, setting the pace even though Jerusalem will be a dangerous place for him. The disciples know it; those following him know it, but the danger ahead doesn’t seem to faze Jesus. Verse 32 almost gives the impression that Jesus is leading them triumphantly to Jerusalem, but the rest are hanging back, dragging their feet.

When he senses his disciples’ apprehension, Jesus calls them aside as he has before and tells them what’s going to happen. He knows what will take place there, and as foreboding as it seems, Jesus simply won’t be deterred.

Why do you think he keeps on? Certainly, there’s courage on Jesus’ part. But more than anything, Jesus knows his purpose. He knows why he has come into this world: to save people like you and me from our sins. It was a huge purpose—a purpose on which the salvation of the world depends. And he won’t be deterred. Never!—John Koedyker

As you pray, reflect on Christ’s wondrous love and sacrifice.