by Christina Farris
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,
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:
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.
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.
36 And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you?
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.
38 But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?
39 And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized:
40 But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared.
41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John.
42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.
43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:
44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.
45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. The exalting of oneself is a dangerous situation. It should never be to say one better or more knowledgable then another. It never can be about those things. Perhaps it can be seen better in the life of Christ and his servant attitude. No doubt even servant exerts his ability to do to perform, by doing those things he does as a servant. He willing healed, and willing taught, and willing performed wonders while on this earth, not to exalt and say look who I am but to help others, to minister, to tend to the needs of others. Jesus did his work for popularity in one since, but not to gain a popularity contest. He did so to draw all mankind to himself. Not say I am worthy of your attention, in fact he sent most away and even told some to go to the priest and show yourself. Some people followed because of their healing, while others went and shared what the Lord had done for them. Others followed and shared what Jesus had done for them. Testified to any that knew their physical issue before hand, now saw without question that something had happened. Who could ignore the blind seeing, the deaf hearing, the mute speaking, the lame walking, and leprosy no more on the flesh. How could anyone ignore he ate with sinners, and even sat near them. Yet James and John request to sit on his right hand and left in his kingdom, note the authority and power they wish to have, without knowing the cost. Yet Jesus said James and John would follow in his footsteps. and be persecuted and killed, yet he never said who would sit on his right and left.
Jesus spoke more about what he would suffer and what the disciples would suffer. Yet he was clear that the position in his kingdom was not for him to decide. He could not tell anyone who would be sitting on his left and right in his kingdom, but those that wish to be great would learn to serve and those wish to be least were not servant of all.
We get to the last verse of this portion of scripture posted and Jesus talks that he would be a ransom for many. Joseph the son of Jacob was not ransom from the pit, but sold into slavery, only to be ransomed by the king, when he was able to save many with interpretation of the King's dream. Isaac was ransom by God when Abraham went to sacrifice him on the altar by the direction of God. Ram was provided for Abraham, for a sacrifice instead of his son.
If we can understand how Christ is our ransom and our redeemer then the cross is not just a cross of judgment of the world on God's only Son, but the payment for our transgression of sinning against his Son and God the Father. I got off track it seemed one year when talking about Christ crucifixion, because in truth I am still going down that same road it seems, when talking of Christ talking about his death and resurrection. Yet this is prophesy and prophetic especially in his day.
Crime of something had to occur for punishment to happen. Man did not just nail Christ up on a cross because the crowd said crucify. Neither was the disciples maryter without some crime committed. I am not justifying the law, but stating the law was broken and the consequence of the law was paid. If I stop there how then is Jesus our ransom. How is Christ our redeemer and Lord with this knowledge. He came to wake us up to the law of man that breaks the law of God. Daniel might be a better example but he lived through his persecution, of being thrown to the lions den, his resurrection coming without death. Jesus would suffer tremendously and be crucified for his sin against man's law, and not God's law. I got bindsighted when teaching trying hard to get back to his redemption plan, and his ransom for many, why because with his cross he rose and lived again, by obeying God and not man. If you only see the crime committed, you do not see the law that was obeyed had to do with God and his Holiness.
The price Christ paid is far greater then we humanly understand. The price far greater then we can imagine. Christians are killed overseas for what, being Christians,or committing a crime? Their crime not bowing to the religion Islam, or any other faith for that matter. Many groups murder others not of their faith. Where do they get this idea it is okay. If we study Old Testament the first killing of a group of people that worshipped different then the Jews happened at the time of wilderness, and worship of the molten calf. Those that bowed to the calf were slaughtered by Moses, not by God. Yet we go even further back in scripture the first killing came with the disobedience to God by who Cain, who sacrifice was not please to God, but his brother sacrifice was, so he killed him. Making the devil the first to dishonor God in sacrificing of others for worship. God persecuted others not of his faith for what reason, to rid the land of evil. For he allowed this sin to rise up, only to crush it.
God turned people not of him over to their own devises, but God corrects his children and all that desire to follow him. Jews were his children whether they wanted to hear from God or not. Where is ransom and redemption, when Christ on the cross said Father forgive them, or with his resurrection to redeem his people that they would live again if they believed, followed and obeyed him. Believing in God being first, following being a natural course of belief unless one is the devil then he believes and trembles not just because he knows who God is, but he knows his fate. God's people know their fate as well and do not tremble in fear but rejoice knowing their name is written down in heaven, because they have been redeemed, their choice to believe in God and Christ his Son and follow in obedience, despite the cost, because Christ was living example of what would happen if we did do just that. That our death was not in vain if we suffered for his sake. Jesus turned over the money changers table in the temple. He went in and took a cord/whip and turn those people's tables selling in the temple over and said my Father's house will not be a den of thieves. His crime clearing the temple, exalting himself as king, and exalting himself as being the Son of God, yet he was all these things, had authority to tell the money changers this was his Father's house and you can do that here, I am the Son of God, and I am a King. Yet his exaltation got him no where but crucified, because it was not man's decision for him to be King, or the Son of God. They crowd cheered him one day and crucified him later in the week.
The crucifixion almost like a second look at the situation. It like the difference in two administration, one eager to crucify and other being to stubborn to only look one sided at what is being done around the world in 8 years of Democrates in office. No I am not Democrate, but I am not a Republican either. It like if I could shake bothsides up I would and say you need to work harder together to come to a peaceful decision on most things, looking at the history of both sides of the situation. Democrates might see some justification for Republicans actions. Jesus came to cleanse the temple. The insurrection in the House of Congress, was a violent act by some and peaceful march by others.
If we only look at Jesus as being this fabulous teacher, preacher and healer we loose site of what took Jesus to the cross for our sins. Our desire to obey the laws of man over God's Spirit. Man makes all kinds of laws that are not always good for man, but causes peace. Probably selling in the temple, like the heathens did their temples, caused peace to Israel in some fashion when needing sacrifices or gentiles needing daily food, souveners for their families and so forth. They wanted the material things that symbolized God more then God being reverence and called Holy by the people, separating not themselves from the world yet becoming a part of world, instead of teaching the holiness of God.
Ransom for our soul takes on a different meaning when we see Jesus the Lamb of God paying the price for our unwillingness to exalt God as he should be. That my friends is why belief in God is more important to faith then we fully understand, why it is the defining factor of salvation, but not the only factor of our eternity, for Satan is not saved by his belief, but cast out for disobedience to God. Obedience still plays in our salvation, though salvation is free, through faith. There is sin that is against us that God will not imput in us if we believe in God's salvation plan of belief in his Son. His Ransom or price paid for us is his Son's own death, a perfect man, a perfect king, a perfect Savior for our sins, because of his obedience to God, despite our own sin against God.
Let me go a step further and say the cross is to purge our hearts of our sin, of not honoring God in our hearts, but to understand his love for us. That he was willing to show us what happening in our hearts as we refuse to pick up the torch of allowing man's ways and laws to be the only things to govern our hearts. Does it mean we need to break government law, will the law of God was broken first by the people, but Christ would be taken before the temple courts because his exaltation of God's law of God's house would not be called a den of thieves. Jesus was taken before man's court and the only crime of man's court was his insurrection in the temple and his exalting himself as a king, which Pilot Roman governor even tried to wash his hands of the whole situation, but the mob would of lynched him probably if he had not allowed them to crucify Jesus.
What is the crime, the crime comes when sin is greater then the law of God. The law of man that tells man you can only worship a false religion, then God is no longer in the thrown of one's heart if you obey those in authority only of our land. Our land in America allows for even false religions, and tolerance of all faiths. Is God pleased with this, only in regards that he turns man over to his own devices when they do not obey or worship him. However many do not believe in Jesus today across our land, God's plan of salvation of believing not only that his Son came in the flesh, but is God's holy word prophesized. It first begans with believing in Jesus and then understanding who Jesus is as the Son of God and the Word of God prophesized. Even the devil believed God and trembles, but it cause him to war with God.
Instead of causing the devil to repent and surrender to God. He thought he could win the fight between God and himself, but he can not. God already won, by limiting devil's power by casting him out of heaven, by showing the world that He(God) had the power to redeem us through his Son and his Son's resurrection if we would only believe. The the temptation of the devil that caused original sin, could not destroy God's kingdom, for God gave man a choice between Himself and the Devil. Faith in Christ is believing first and actions follow because of our faith in Him. Our actions being our part because we choose God's way. We can not be redeemed by our actions, only by our faith in Christ Jesus will redeem us. Only faith in Christ will ransom us from the sin that caused death, which is disobedience to God.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your redemption plan through your Son, that whosoever belief in Jesus would have eternal life. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:1 Timothy 2:4-5 KJV
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Romans 1:17-32 KJV
Romans 4:1-8 KJV