Mark Has Some Good News, Part 43, See Though Ministry
Jesus Foretells His Death a Third Time
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."
Have you ever met a person who was transparent? Not like Sue Storm Richards but a person who lived and worked and spoke completely in the open. As if their lives were made of glass and Windex was their motto?
I think this is how Jesus lived, being sinless in his life he would have never had to hide behind a mask in cowardice. Jesus would never put on a fake his way through a Pharisees dinner with a smile he did not mean to have on his face.
We lie so often and much through our lack of transparency. We will hurt ourselves by putting up with an annoying person all the while lying to them about our like, reaction and preferences. And I don't think Jesus lived like that. I think he lived and die showing us exactly who he was and what he was doing. Which makes his resurrection all the more glorious for me.
You see a strong man will stoically face death knowing he will endure it with his strength. A brave man will meet it head on. Even a smart man would have a plan for how to deal with the impending destruction.
But a God man faces it with honesty, openness and transparency. He could have told the disciples to stay in the upper room and not listen or watch what was going to happen to him. He could have tricked Judas into getting arrested so he could get away.
Instead he knew Judas would betray him so he let it happen. He would also tell all of his disciples that one of them would do it. He would say he was going to die and how and when and by whom. That's because Jesus lived out in the open, lead out in the open and served out in the open. He wasn't concerned with what people would think as we often get it wrong and rebuke Jesus for doing what he wants as God (Mark 8:33).
So ask your selves in whatever role you play in ministry, how much do you lie about, hide, change or alter for so called important people. Or do you and could you live and work like Jesus?
With all your cards on the table.