Mark 10:32-52

The Savior’s Answer Mark 10:32-52   Introduction As we continue our study of Mark’s Gospel, we are back in Mark chapter 10. This chapter covers that period in Jesus’ messianic mission in which Jesus left Capernaum and began making His way to Jerusalem. During this trip, it is becoming apparent to many that His messianic ministry is coming to its climax. In “going up to” Jerusalem (referring to the climb to city on the hill), Jesus is setting the stage for a final conflict with the religious leaders of Israel. This final conflict will lead to Jesus’ death and His resurrection from the dead three days later.   As we saw last week in Mark 10:17-31, a wealthy young man sought out Jesus and asked him: “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Having realized from Jesus’ answer that they can do nothing to save themselves, our passage — the balance of Mark 10 — will show that the disciples continue to struggle with their master’s words.   Let us read the first portion of tonight’s text (vv. 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. And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him, 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.”   Let us pray. Dear heavenly Father, this is Your Word. We know that all Scripture is given by inspiration from You and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, instruction, and correction in the way of righteousness, so that the man of God might be thoroughly equipped for every good work. So equip us, then, O Lord, as we now study this, Your Word, together. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.   I love to visit museums. I find great joy in...

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Two Dozen Basic Management Principles — Pt. 18

The next thing he knew, he was next to Coach Mike Krzyzewski, the legendary Duke University basketball coach. Coach Jim Boeheim from Syracuse stood off to one side. Coach K put his hand on Lopez’ shoulder. “We watched your news conference.” “You did?” Lopez could not believe this. “We sure did. Listen, I need you to do me a favor. I want you to tell your story to my team exactly like you told it in that news conference. Tell these guys what it means to be an American and what it means to wear that jersey. I don’t’ think any of us understand it quite like you do.” Lopez walked into the green room and into the presence of athletic royalty. The room was filled with guys he’d only watched on television. Kobe Bryant sat on one side of the room near Lebron James. Carmelo Anthony, who went to college in Syracuse, sat close to the front. The greatest basketball players in the world filled this room and their coach wanted Lopez to talk to them. Lopez’ knees nearly knocked and his voice cracked a little when he started talking. But he did exactly what Coach K asked him to do. He told his story. Inside the room, every eye locked onto him. All of those players sat in complete silence as he spoke. They soaked in every word. After Lopez finished speaking, Coach K got up. “Now you guys know what this is all about. You are ambassadors for our great country. Now go out there and get it done.” The team broke out in huge applause. Afterward, Lopez posed for photographs with the team. One player after another shook his hand and told him how much they appreciated what he had said. Lopez walked out of the room with a standing invitation to come hang out with the team whenever he wanted.   Management Lesson #21 – Public Speaking The number one fear (in most surveys) is the fear of speaking in public. That is a shame. I would argue that the number one differentiator for those in management is the ability to speak publicly. As such, you should develop sufficient...

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