• The Greatness of Service

    Mark 10:41–44

    Are we seeking self-promotion? Do we aspire to greatness and think that the way to get there is to step on people on our way up the ladder? If so, then we have not understood Jesus’ teaching on true greatness. ...Read More

  • The Cup That Jesus Drinks

    Mark 10:35–40

    We do not know who will have the highest place of honor after Jesus in the kingdom of God. We do know, however, that honor in the kingdom will come only as we drink Jesus’ cup and are baptized with ...Read More

  • Delivered to the Gentiles

    Mark 10:32–34

    Jesus, as well as the New Testament authors, tells us that Christ’s death was a propitiatory sacrifice. It was a death that satisfied the wrath of God because Christ bore the curse of God on our behalf. To bear the ...Read More

  • The Right-Side-Up Kingdom

    Mark 10:31

    Servanthood, the willingness to put the needs of others before ourselves, trusting not in our own strength, maintaining our integrity—these are the values of God’s right-side-up kingdom. When our churches embody these values, they will look strange to the world, ...Read More

  • The Rewards of Discipleship

    Mark 10:28–30

    Although we should not follow Jesus simply to get earthly or heavenly blessings, Scripture nevertheless holds out rewards as one motivation for obeying Christ. On those days when the cost of discipleship seems not worth paying, let us remember that ...Read More

  • The Necessity of Divine Grace

    Mark 10:26–27

    In one of his expositions of today’s passage, C.H. Spurgeon writes, “It is impossible for man, unaided by the Spirit of God, to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but that which is impossible to man by himself, is made ...Read More

  • The Difficulty of Entering the Kingdom

    Mark 10:23–25

    Wise Christians understand that wealth brings with it certain temptations. The wealthier we are, the more we may be prone to look for security in our riches and not in Christ. Thus, Dr. R.C. Sproul writes in his commentary ...Read More

  • Overestimating Obedience

    Mark 10:19–22

    As fallen people, we tend to overestimate our faithfulness to the Lord and to rely on our works for our right standing before God. But the gospel—and our consciences—tell us that we cannot do enough or be good enough to ...Read More

  • The Goodness Of God

    Mark 10:17–18

    Many non-Christians are content to see Jesus as a good teacher, but they say more than they know when they call Him good. He is truly and inherently good because He is God incarnate. As we hear others who are ...Read More

  • Receiving the Kingdom Like a Child

    Mark 10:13–16

    Augustus Toplady’s hymn “Rock of Ages” includes this line: “Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to Thy cross I cling.” These lyrics wonderfully encapsulate Jesus’ teaching in Mark 10:13–16. We come into the kingdom only by admitting that we ...Read More

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