Vs. 1, “Jesus then left that place and went into the region of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds of people came to him, and as was his custom, he taught them.” Even as Jesus was on the road to the cross, He took the time to love and teach. Throughout this chapter, we see many come to Jesus with many requests. The Pharisee’s came to request Jesus’ stance on the controversial topic of divorce (vs. 1-12) and He would answer it by reminding us all the binding relationship that marriage entails and why we should do everything to keep it together. Keeping the family theme, the disciples felt Jesus would not have time for the children (vs. 13-16), but Jesus would point out the importance of being child-like. The rich young man comes to request eternal life, but realizes his love for money would keep him from the Lord (vs. 17-31). James and John’s request would give Jesus the opportunity to teach about humility (vs. 32-45). And lastly, Jesus would heal Bartimaeus because of his faith (vs. 46-52)
Regarding application…Serving. Vs. 45, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” From the beginning of life, we learn how to be served. Our parents feed us, our parents raise us, our teachers teach us, our pastor’s admonish us, etc. We have expectations that people should serve us well. But, we were also created to serve! I remember when I began to wait tables in restaurant and how hard it was to meet all the customer’s expectation. I think it’s not easy to serve in any area in life because its very underappreciated. People take each other for granted and those who serve can begin to get discouraged. Perhaps that’s why harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Let us always find ways in our lives each day to serve the Lord with compassion and sacrifice.