Tyler David speaks on mark 10:32-52
Series: Normal Christianity
Normal Christianity is knowing Jesus as your Lord and Savior. It’s not about the church you’re a part of, your personality, or moral attitude, or political leaning. First and foremost, it’s about knowing God through Christ.
How you see Jesus will shape the way you interact with Him. When you hear what He has to say about you, the world and God. This is true for every relationship in your life, which are shaped by the way you view them. You can receive the same information from two different people and respond in two different ways depending on the relationship you have with each person.
The same is true with our relationship with Jesus. The fact that you know Him as Lord and Savior shapes and colors everything. Most of us would say that He is our Lord and Savior. But I wonder if we could define what that means.
Defining Lord and Savior
If I asked you what it actually means for Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, could you define it?
It’s hard to define without using the actual words. “Well, Jesus is the Lord of my life,” doesn’t define Lord. “He’s my Savior because He saved me,” doesn’t define Savior.
If you don’t have a tangible understanding of what these words mean, it’s going to be hard to interact with Him. To know Him and follow Him.
Today’s text teaches us what it practically means for Jesus to be our Lord and Savior.
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, 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.” Mark 10:32-34 (ESV)
The passage starts with Jesus getting out in front of the disciples, headed toward Jerusalem. He came for many purposes: to preach, to heal, and to lead. But none of them were more prominent or central than His coming to die and rise again. This is the most specific and detailed prediction in Mark’s Gospel of Jesus’ death.
He was very clear and detailed with His disciples, “Fellas, I’m going to Jerusalem to die and to rise again.” He was making it clear that He is the Lord and Savior God has sent to them. He wants them to know what He is there for.
Then the next two stories show us what it looks like for Him to be our Lord and Savior.
He Corrects Us
For Jesus to be our Lord means He is going to correct us.
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.” 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.” Mark 10:35-45 (ESV)
James and John pull Jesus aside and immediately try to manipulate Him. “Jesus, we have a question for you, but before we ask, you have to promise to say yes.” They must know what they’re going to ask for is something He normally wouldn’t grant them. They want to be his number one and two leaders in what they think is the kingdom to come in Jerusalem. They pull him aside because they don’t want the other disciples to hear them asking for this. They want to be higher up in the food chain. The other disciples become indignant and angry, because they want that same seat in the new kingdom. Jesus’ response shows us that for Him to be your Lord means that He will correct you.
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?” Mark 10:38 (ESV)
He heard their request and asked them a rhetorical question meant to communicate His answer was obviously ‘no’. The baptism and the drinking of the cup is a metaphor, symbolism for what Jesus was going to do on the cross. He was going to drink the cup of God’s wrath and be baptized into suffering. He was the only one who could do it. He was the only one that could die and pay for the penalty of sin. Thus, the obvious answer to their question was ‘no’. But the disciples were foolish and persistent, thinking they were able to do it.
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.” Mark 10:40 (ESV)
This gives us a peek into the relationship of the Trinity and the nature of Jesus. He was telling them what they were asking for is not His to grant. Who sits where and who has authority in the coming kingdom is the prerogative of the Father. Jesus submits to God the Father on this. Not because He’s less God, He’s equally God. It’s because He loves the Father. That is the nature of the Trinity.
They didn’t realize it, but what they were asking Him to do was to usurp God the Father. Jesus would do no such thing. He would not belittle the Father. He says no and corrects them.
Eventually, if you follow Jesus, He will also correct you. He will say no to some of our requests and correct our intentions altogether. He is the Lord. That means we conform to Him and His word, not Him conforming to our word and us.
As you follow the Lord Jesus you will be surprised at how much and how often He disagrees with you. As your life comes in contact with the Bible and you get to know Jesus, you’re going to see a lot of disconnect between Him and you. Our thoughts and desires are often diametrically opposed to His thoughts and desires. He will not budge. He is not going to relent on the things He has revered clearly in the Scriptures about His character, nature and purposes.
The more I parent my daughter Elle, the more thankful I am for the Lordship of Jesus in my life. There are certain things that I will not give to Elle, no matter how much she asks for them. No matter how much she whines, complains and gets mad at me for not giving them to her.
How much more so with Jesus? He knows what is good for us more than we do. He knows what is best. He will say no to us. You and I will hear no through the scriptures and unanswered prayers.
We will read the scriptures and our view on money, sexuality and sin is going to be different than His. If you follow Him long enough, you’ll find yourself disagreeing with Him, being uncomfortable with what you’re reading in the Bible and completely disregarding what He told you to do.
I feel this way every time I feel my wife has wronged me. Every time I feel hurt or disrespected by her, I find myself disagreeing out loud with Jesus. Disagreeing with how reconciliation should happen. In my mind, she wronged me; she should apologize and reach out to me. But Ephesians 5 rings in my mind when it says, “Husbands, love your wife as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” He initiated when He was the party that was wronged. But I find myself acting like my daughter, claiming it’s not fair. I want it my way. Guess what, Jesus is not going to budge with me. He’s not going to say, “Well, now that you really want to and you’re really hurt, I guess it’s okay.” Rather, He will say, “I understand that you’re hurting, but this is what’s true. I’m the Lord of your life, I know what’s best for you, trust me. You need to obey.”
Jesus being Lord, means that by the power of the Holy Spirit, when there’s a disconnect or disagreement, that is not the time for us to doubt or discredit Him. That is the time for us to repent and submit to Him. When He corrects you, you receive it as He loves you, He is good and He’s wise.
Jesus is the Lord who corrects us.
He Cares for Us
Not only is He the Lord who corrects us, but He is also the Savior who cares for us.
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. 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. Mark 10:46-52 (ESV)
This was the last story of Jesus’ healing in the Gospel of Mark. Jesus was almost to Jerusalem, heading to the most difficult and trying time of His life. He was not on His way to heal this man, but on the way to finish the work God gave Him. Nothing was more important than what Jesus was on His way to do.
So we should understand that He was a little preoccupied and His stress level was high. We have a hard time caring for those who aren’t immediate in our line of sight during days like these. We tend to lack patience and the ability to care for others, especially those on the periphery who are exhausting to us. We definitely wouldn’t go out of our way to serve someone we didn’t know while going through such hard times.
But this is where Jesus shows us just how great He is. Compare His busy day to one of yours. He is about to pay the infinite debt of sin on our behalf, carrying a weight that you and I know nothing about. Even though He’s preoccupied with this, He makes time for this blind man who continued to cry out after being told to be quiet.
Jesus asked him what He could do for him and Bartimaeus responded saying he just wanted his sight. In an instant, Jesus gave it to him. He was on His way to Jerusalem, yet He stopped to heal and care for this man. Jesus was about caring, and giving him His devoted attention. He wanted to love this man, when all of us would have no impulse to.
Jesus is a Savior who loves and cares for you in ways no one else would or could.
If you follow Jesus as your Savior, you’re going to be surprised at how much he loves and cares for you. You will be lonely, weary and despaired, but then read the Bible and realize how much Jesus loves, cherishes and respects you. No matter what you do, He is going to love and serve you. He is going to ask you the same thing He asked Bartimaeus, “What can I do for you?”
As my daughter gets older she is becoming more of a little person. Having a personality with desires. I love getting to know her. I love her in ways I never thought I would. In ways she won’t understand until she has a child of her own. So when she spurns me, it hurts so much. Or when she will not ask me for help, it breaks my heart. She could get all the things she wants; protection, comfort and love, from me. I’m here for her. I’m under no obligation to be there for her. Yet, I will do all those things for her willingly. But my love for my daughter pales in comparison to God’s love for His people.
You are going to be flabbergasted at the extent and ferocity of Jesus’ love. He will love you in ways you never thought possible, in ways you know you don’t deserve. He will do it all willingly. Jesus went to the cross because He wanted to. He made promises to be with you forever because He wanted to. He is under no obligation to love, serve, comfort and protect you. Yet He chooses to.
It is His delight to show you His love. To bring you life. To bring you joy. He is a Savior who cares for you.
This is normal Christianity. Knowing Jesus both as your Lord and Savior. A Lord who corrects you and a Savior who cares for you. But the truth is that most of us know him primarily as one or the other.
One or the Other
Most of us experience Jesus primarily as Lord. We get that He corrects, teaches and rebukes us. But rarely are we amazed by His love and joy in us. For you, Jesus is often frustrated or disgusted by you. He wants you to serve and pray more. So naturally, your prayer life becomes quick and workmanlike. Time in the scriptures become a checklist. You serve out of obligation. Sharing the Gospel with people that don’t know Jesus seems like an impossibility. Because it’s not good news to you, so why would it be good news to them?
You need to hear that He is your Lord, but He is also you Savior. He loves and cares for you. He pursued you when you wanted nothing to do with Him. He’s given up everything so you could be with Him. He is your Savior.
Others of us experience Jesus primarily as Savior. We get that He loves and serves us. But rarely do we actually submit to His correction or to what the Bible says. We think He’s cool with whatever we want to do. He’d love for us to submit, obey or get involved. But it’s all grace if we don’t, so don’t worry about it. Prayers and service become optional. The Bible becomes just a manual for you to have a better life. Evangelism becomes primarily about loving people and not talking about Jesus.
You need to be reminded He is the Lord who is wise, good and knows where life is. Heaven is going to be amazing, because we will finally obey Him all the time. He knows where truth and beauty truly are.
Lastly, I wonder if you’ve experienced Him at all. Have you experienced Jesus this past week? As Lord or Savior? The haunting truth for a lot of us is that we don’t experience Him as either. He’s just a guy in the distant background of our lives. We’re missing out.
If you miss out on knowing Him as Lord and Savior, you miss out on everything. You could get all this church, city and life has to offer, but if you don’t get to know Jesus, you’ve missed everything.