“Jesus and His Ransom” out of Mark 10:32-45 was preached on June 3rd, 2012 by Pastor Brett Baggett at the worship gathering of Ekklesia Muskogee. Week #21 in Ekklesia’s The King and His Cross sermon series. [audio:http://ekklesiamuskogee.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Brett-Baggett-21-_The-King-and-His-Cross_-Jesus-and-His-Ransom_-Mark-10_32-45-6.3.12.mp3|titles=Brett Baggett – #21 _The King and His Cross_ Jesus and His Ransom_ Mark 10_32-45 – 6.3.12]
Community Group Discussion
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.” 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.”
Jesus tells his disciples for a third time that He is going to suffer and die. He makes explicitly clear that this is how he is going to conquer- by giving his life as a ransom for many. Jesus came to be a substitutionary sacrifice, by positioning Himself in between His people and their impending doom that awaited them because of the Fall of man. Jesus ransomed His people on the cross! Jesus also tells us what it looks like to be great in His Kingdom. If you would be great, serve. If you would be first, be a slave to all. We see in Mark 10 that Jesus tells James and John that they will take the cup that he takes and be baptized with
the baptism that he is baptized with. This is no ordinary cup. James was the first Apostle to be martyred for his preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He was beheaded. John was the only Apostle that did not die a Martyr’s death, but he was cast into a cauldron of boiling oil and exiled to the Isle of Patmos, where Jesus appeared to him and John wrote the book of Revelation. What motivated these men to live a life of substitutionary sacrifice in order to glorify God by the planting of churches and the gospel? Answer- the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus. He freed them from their need to exalt themselves, and He assured them out of the fear of despair. Only by understanding that you are saved by sheer grace; only by being gripped by the depths of the gospel that says you are completely and fully loved in Christ, can you then go and truly love people by serving them in a substitutionary sacrificial way.
Q. How does the reality of Christ’s substitutionary sacrifice affect your present reality? We have a tendency to see this sacrifice as a covering of all our past screw-ups, but how does it affect today?
“It is finished!” What are you going to do now?