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Mark 9: Not What You Expect

posted Oct 19, 2012, 9:08 AM by solomon yang

Again Jesus predicts His death. Again it’s not what you expect to hear, especially not after what you just heard.

Back in chapter 8, the disciples heard Peter say, “You are the Christ” (8:29) only to hear Jesus say, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again (8:31).

Here in chapter 9, the disciples hear God say, “This is my beloved Son” (9:7) only to hear Jesus say that “he should suffer many things and be treated with contempt” (9:12), that “the Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise” (9:31).

It’s not what you expect. The Messiah suffering and dying. God’s beloved Son suffering and dying. He should be strong and mighty, valiant and victorious. You expect Him to talk about the glory that awaits Him and His followers. So what’s with all this talk about defeat and death? Because it is “necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory” (Luke 24:26).

You expect Christ to be victorious. But He suffers and dies before He swallows death in victory. Then and only then can He give us life of victory over sin and death.

You expect God’s Son to be favored by His Father. But He is forsaken to suffer and die in our place. Why? So that we can be favored in Him! Through the cross, His Father becomes our Father!

The cross is not what you expect. But through it, God gives us far more than we ever hoped!

Are you struggling to understand why God is letting something happen in your life? Are you surprised by the way He is leading you? Are you frustrated? Scared? Anxious? Angry like Peter? Given the choice, none of us would have chosen the way of the cross. But it’s the way, the only way! Without faith, all you see in the cross is a stumbling block and folly. But by faith, you come to see it as the power of God and the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:23-24).

Whatever you are facing, stand firm in faith and say, “the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1 Corinthians 1:25).