Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and on the third day He rose from the dead to conquer death for us. Those facts are at the very heart of the gospel message. This is what Jesus tells His disciples in today’s short passage.
The Text (Mark 9:30-32)
30 Then they departed from there and passed through Galilee, and He did not want anyone to know it. 31 For He taught His disciples and said to them, “The Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him. And after He is killed, He will rise the third day.” 32 But they did not understand this saying, and were afraid to ask Him.
Background and Observations
• This is the second time in Mark’s gospel that Jesus has now specifically told His disciples about His upcoming death and resurrection, and we are only in chapter 9 out of 16 total chapters. In fact, all four gospels devote a lot of chapters and verses to the subject of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
• We cannot just accept Jesus as a good man and a good teacher or even a miracle worker. When we study the gospels, we see that He did not give His disciples or us that option. We must recognize that Jesus’ main purpose in coming to earth was to die for our sins and rise again.
• As people are plotting against Jesus by this point in His ministry, He is sometimes trying to keep His presence and movements secret in some areas. This is because Jesus is waiting for the right time before He lays down His life into the hands of those who will betray Him.
• People today still struggle to understand, believe, and trust in Jesus’ death and resurrection as the only way of their salvation. But the whole Bible points us to Jesus and only Jesus as the way to God.
Questions to Think About
1. How would you explain the gospel message to a non-Christian friend or relative?
2. In our walk with God, why you think that we sometimes lose focus on the importance of Jesus’ death and resurrection?