Self centered honor seekers
Mark 10:32 And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him,
As the journeyed to Jerusalem, they were still amazed at the things Jesus had said regarding leaving all behind and following him, and that the rich hardily can enter into the kingdom of God. They had left all to follow him, so they were wondering just what rewards they would receive, what honor in the kingdom of God.
Jesus had something important to share, but it was not about them, but himself. Have you noticed that when we are not the center of attention we sometimes do not hear others when they speak of themselves? Jesus was about to enter Jerusalem and all the evil of the world would be placed on his body, he would carry our sins to the cross.
Mark 10:33 Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles:
Again he tells of this event, the purpose of him coming; to shed his blood for us.
Mark 10:34 And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.
That should have placed his disciples in true amazement and shock, but they acted as if they did not hear him. They were thinking of their own honor. Lord spare us from ourselves and others whose purpose is to look good before others. Please, may we not be so self centered.
Mark 10:35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire.
They did not hear a word that he said, they were still seeking their own honor. We had better listen to God and the Word of Jesus.
Mark 10:36 And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you?
Mark 10:37 They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.
Do we hear the gospel message? Do we share it with others? Or are we only seeking our own honor and our own importance?