Manspeak


Walk like a man, Because HE did Pt. 1 by Caleb H.
May 12, 2008, 5:04 am
Filed under: Devotions

by Caleb Hancock

No, I’m not talking about the Four Seasons hit song from the 60’s “Walk Like a Man”. Rather, I am using this title to refer to Jesus as we read about Him leading his disciples on the road toward Jerusalem. Let’s take a look together at the account in Mark 10:32-34.

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.”

This passage is profound in many ways. But, I submit that what we need to remember most about Christ in this passage is twofold. This week we’ll examine how Jesus walked. Next week, in part 2 of this devotion (which I propose is far more important of the two points of application found in this text) we’ll take a look at why he was headed towards the capital of Israel.

First, let’s look at how Jesus walked. In verse 32, we see that He lead his disciples, walking ahead of them. Now, when you are in a group of people, usually people walk side-by-side in small groups as they make their way down the road. Jesus here, however, is out in front of the others, leading them literally and figuratively. Why was he in the front alone? The verse informs us that the disciples were amazed by him and afraid for him and themselves. Why? They were headed towards Jerusalem, the capital city of their own country. What would they have to fear there?

It’s helpful here to pause and remember to view the Bible as a congruent whole, not in isolated verses and texts. For if you review the previous chapters in Mark’s gospel here, you see that Jesus has performed many miracles, signs and wonders that testify to his deity. In the process, out of jealousy and fear, many of Israel’s political and religious leaders had grown to hate Jesus, to the point of repeatedly seeking to destroy him.

These facts help to set the backdrop to this passage in Mark 10, and inform us as to why it would be so amazing to be following Jesus into the “lion’s den”, the seat and home-turf of his staunchest enemies. He did so voluntarily, boldly, resolute in his purposes.

Let’s remember this as men. Let’s follow our Lord’s example as Joshua 1:9 reminds us of the Lord’s command to us (not merely a suggestion for our benefit, but a command to be obeyed) “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed…”

How can we possibly follow this command and Christ’s subsequent example found here in Mark 10??? When we are faced with trials and obstacles (often not even remotely as serious as the ones that Jesus walked towards), how do we take courage? Are we to place it in our own material resources or perceived abilities? Is that what Christ did?

Nope. And to see how we can truly walk like men, walking like Jesus in the face of hardship, not folding up in despair or cringing in fear, let’s read the rest of Joshua 1:9… “for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” This is as true today for us in our trials as it was for Joshua facing the enemy entrenched in the promised land and for God’s own Son headed towards Jerusalem.

How comforting to know that the lord over all creation is with us!

As you face the trials of this week, know that God knows the road you walk. He gives you the strength for each step and ordains the destination to which you are headed.

And to further drive this post into your brain, helping you to remember this message all week long, I have linked the infamous song below as a tool to remember this text and to keep you thinking about it until part two next Monday.

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