The Prediction of The Passion (Mark 9:30-32)

The Prediction of The Passion (Mark 9:30-32)

I.) Let These Words Sink Into Your Ears

If there is ever a segment of Scripture that reveals Jesus’ desire for His people to know, and to understand and to love the gospel message it is this. Beginning in Mark 8:31 and working through to our portion today we have what has been called by some as “The Predictions of The Passion.” This has traditionally been considered “The Second Prediction of The Passion,” but I believe it would be more precise to place it as third:

1.) He taught it after Peter’s great confession.[1]

2.) He repeated it coming down the mountain.[2]

3.) He now further teaches it to the twelve.[3]

The importance of such a matter is accentuated as we read that they “began to go through Galilee, and He was unwilling for anyone to know about it.”

Q.) Why was He “unwilling for anyone to know?”

A.) “For He was teaching His disciples,” and He did not want any interruptions, for His lesson was one of eternal importance.

His lesson was one the disciples had already heard and refused to believe, for the notion of the Son of Man being killed by men was unreal to them. The thought that the One Israel waited for to come and destroy their enemies would actually be destroyed by them, was heinous. It was offensive and unbelievable.

It could be argued the lesson on Messiah’s death is what led to the faithlessness of the nine disciples, so its reemphasis here is for their correction. [4] Luke’s account establishes this thought by saying that after Jesus heals the boy everyone there was:

“amazed at the greatness of God. But while everyone was marveling at all that He was doing, He said to His disciples, ‘Let these words sink into your ears; for the Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men.’”[5]

Our time today will be spent heeding the exhortation of Christ and letting the words of His Person and work sink into our innermost being.

II.) Let His Gospel Soak Into Your Soul

I want to ask this question:

Q.) What is the message of the gospel?

I fear that many people today professing to believe the gospel have difficulty explaining it or they describe something entirely different from the Scripture. Much of this has to do with the many distortions of the gospel we are surrounded by today:

1.) The Prosperity Gospel, which rejects all forms of suffering and creates a works based system for people to get healthy and wealthy,

2.) The Pragmatic Gospel, which seeks to remove the offense of the cross in an attempt to appeal to the lost.

3.) The Progressive Gospel, which attempts to teach the love of God by rejecting His wrath, the very thing which demonstrates His love.

4.) The Social Gospel, which is more concerned with healing the societal ills of today, rather than healing the spiritual ill of human history.

5.) Moralistic Gospel, which concerns itself more with seeing  people fit the moral mold of Christianity, rather than regeneration hearts.

Such confusion over the gospel’s message reveals a failure of it being adequately proclaimed from pulpits, but also a lack of personal study desiring to know it.

We live in a time where the gospel appears to be a side note in the life of believers. People are more concerned about what the bible says about their felt needs rather than what it reveals about the One, True and Holy God and His only Son. Since people begin with self in mind, sound doctrine gets sacrificed upon the alter of relevancy as if it has no value for today. The issue with a low view of doctrine is that we cannot know how to rightly live without first rightly knowing the One we are to live according to. John Snyder says:

“You can’t love a God you do not know. You can’t live for a God you don’t understand, nor do you want to live an entire life devoted to a Jesus that you imagined, and you created.”[6]

Take a moment to consider the foundation a right understanding of the Person and work of Jesus Christ revealed in the gospel provides us with:

1.) Relationships in the family unit.[7]

2.) Relationships in the church.[8]

3.) Relationships at work and among the communities we reside.[9]

4.) Relationships with God by our worshipping Him as living sacrifices considering His mercy towards us in Christ revealed in the gospel.[10]

Everything we do is to run through the grid of the gospel of Jesus Christ with every thought we hold being held captive in Him according to His Word. The gospel message is to be no side note in our lives; it is to be the heart of it. We are to saturate ourselves in it, or as Charles Spurgeon said years ago:

“As the rain soaks into the ground, so pray the Lord to let his gospel soak into your soul.”

Q.) What is the message of the gospel?

A.) It is that the Son of man was delivered into the hands of wicked men and killed, and after He was killed, He was raised three days later.

III.) Perceiving His Passion

Now this means nothing if we do not correctly understand the Person Who died and rose again, and the work He accomplished in doing so. Yet, His Person and work will not have any effect on our hearts and minds if we do not first consider the character and nature of both God and man.

It is imperative we understand that God is Holy, which means He is completely set apart from all His creation, and He will not allow sin in His presence.[11] This means that only perfect and righteous people can stand before Him and live, for He is just, and He will not allow the guilty to go unpunished.[12]

This creates a problem for people, because we know what the Scriptures reveals about our character and nature, and human conscience agrees:[13]

1.) “There is none righteous, not even one…There is none who does good, there is not even one…All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”[14]

2.) Having been born of Adam all of us are “by nature children of wrath.”[15]

Since this is our character and nature before an infinite and eternal, and Holy and righteous God there is but one thing we deserve: Eternal death under His wrath, for we sinned against One of infinite worth.[16]

In order for us to stand before God we need:

1) Our sins to be atoned for.

2.) The wrath we are under appeased.

3.) The death we deserve to be experienced by someone else.

4.) The righteousness of another to be credited to our account.

Q.) Why do I talk so much about the wrath of God?

A.) All of humanity is under it and destined to experience it for all eternity, but God has provided a way to be saved from it.

The good news is that God has provide a way for:

1.) Our sins to be atoned for.

2.) The wrath we are under to be appeased.

3.) The death we deserve to be suffered by another.

4.) The righteousness of another to be credited to us.

IV.) God’s Demonstrated Love

This text is a further prediction of the plan contrived in the everlasting within the Godhead to redeem a sinful and fallen people back to Himself.

Q.) How will the infinite and eternal, and Holy and righteous God do this without perverting His justice?

A.) Out of His love He will give His only Son “to be delivered into the hands of men.”

Delivered here conveys a “giving up one to custody, to be judged, condemned, punished, scourged, tormented, and put to death.”[17]

Yes, Judas Iscariot will betray Him and deliver Him into the hands of His enemies.

Yes, His Jewish enemies in turn will deliver Him into the hands of the Romans.

Yes, the Romans will be instrumental in scourging Him and delivering Him to the cross to die, but He was ultimately:

“Delivered up by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God” to be “nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put to death. And God raised Him up.”[18]

Think on the loved verse in John’s gospel:

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

He gave His Son to accomplish something, which people are to put their trust in. To “believe in Him” does not mean a generic belief in His existence, which so many lost people possess. To believe in Christ means we first comes to the awful realization we have absolutely no hope of living before a Holy God without Him. We understand that:

1.) We are completely dead in our sin.

2.) There is no righteousness in us, which permits us to stand before God.

3.) God’s wrath is our deserved wage.

Q.) What then are we believing in?

A.) We’re putting our confidence in His Person, and the work He accomplishes as that Person.

We are confident that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God; the Incarnate Deity, which means: Jesus is the infinite and eternal, and holy and righteous God clothed in flesh, which makes Him fully God and fully man, yet without sin.

This is referred to as the hypostatic union. Man deserves death, so God, who cannot die, “emptied Himself, taking the form of…a man:”[19]

“He had to be made like His brethren in all things…to make propitiation for the sins of the people.”[20]

God the Son added humanity to Himself so that He, as a Man, could be “delivered into the hands of men, and they…kill Him.”

If Jesus had sinned, He would only be able to die for His sins, but He lived a sinless life before God and was found to be a perfectly righteous Man. This means if He was willing, He could choose to die for the sins of others, and Scripture tells us He was willing to do this:

“Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of the death, even death on a cross.”[21]

Upon a cross an innocent and righteous Man shed His blood to cover the sins of His people.[22]

Q.) How can one Man’s blood atone for the sins of people throughout history: Past, Present and Future?

A.) His blood is of infinite worth because He is the infinite God clothed in the flesh.

Upon a cross our sins were imputed onto Him, an innocent and righteous Man, so that the wrath we deserved for our sins against God could be appeased.

Q.) How can one Man endure under God’s wrath?

A.) His divine nature sustains Him.

God’s justice was satisfied on Christ, and Jesus declared it so by saying “It is finished!”[23]

Upon a cross an innocent and righteous Man suffered the death others deserved.

Q.) How do we know atonement was made, wrath was appeased, and death was suffered to satisfaction?

A.) “God raised Him up” three days later, proving Jesus to be the Christ, the Son of the Living God, the Spotless “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”[24]

Since atonement was made, wrath was appeased, and death was suffered in Christ, God will forgive the sins of all who “believe in Him.” All who understand that they are:

1.) Completely dead in sin.

2.) There is no righteousness in them permitting them to stand before God.

3.) God’s wrath is their deserved wage.

All who are confident in the One, Whose:

1) Blood atoned for their sins.

2.) Body bore the wrath they deserved.

3.) Death was in their stead.

Not only will He forgive their sins, He will impute His righteousness to the unrighteous, thus declaring them right before God. They will be declared righteous not based on their person and work, but His.

Q.) How can imperfect and unrighteous people stand before the One true, holy and righteous God?

A.) In a demonstration of His love, He judges their sin on His only Son, and credits His righteousness towards them:

1.) “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”[25]

2.) “God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”[26]

3.) “By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation of our sins.”[27]

Q.) What is the message of the gospel?

A.) It is that the Son of man was delivered into the hands of wicked men and killed, and after He was killed, He was raised three days later.

By His vicarious death on the cross, those who repent of their sins and believe the good news will be forgiven, and given the hope of eternal life. All by grace, through faith, in Christ, according to the Scripture, to the glory of God!

V.) Forever We Will Sing of His Lamb of Old

Do not look for a new kind of Christianity with a “gospel” that fits the mold of the time, for it will be no gospel at all. As Burk Parsons says, “Saying you’re a new kind of Christian with a new kind of Christianity is basically saying you’re an old kind of heretic.”

“Ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; and you shall find rest for your souls.”[28]

The disciples did not understand what Jesus’ prediction of His passion meant, “and they were afraid to ask Him.” Even though Jesus always spoke of His resurrection every time He spoke of His death, Matthew tells us “they were deeply grieved.”[29] Given their misunderstanding of the Messiah’s work, and the grief such news brought, “they were afraid to ask Him.” Luke indicates they did not understand because, “It was concealed from them so that they might not perceive it.”[30] It is difficult for us to understand this, but Jesus saw fit to conceal it from them for only a time; understand how Luke ends His account:

“Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and He said to them, “Thus it is written that the Christ should suffer and rise again from the dead the third day; and that repentance for forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.”[31]

He opens their minds to understand the fulfillment of the prediction of His passion and commands them to proclaim it. He has done the same with us.[32]

Not only has it been given to us to proclaim, but it has provided a model of love by which we are to humbly replicate in our relationships.

So let these words sink into our ears:

“The Son of man was delivered into the hands of wicked men and killed, and after He was killed, He was raised three days later.”

He did this out of love for us sinners in order to save us by His grace, and set us apart as saints for His glory. Forever we will sing:

“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain!”

[1] Mark 8:31

[2] Mark 9:9

[3] Mark 9:31

[4] Matthew 17:19-20

[5] Luke 9:43-44

[6] Quote taken from the film Puritan.

[7] Ephesians 5:22-33

[8] Ephesians; Philippians 2:1-8

[9] 1 Peter 2:11-25

[10] Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 4:1

[11] Isaiah 6:3

[12] Exodus 34:7

[13] Romans 2:14-15

[14] Romans 3:10,12,23

[15] Ephesians 2:3

[16] Romans 6:23

[17] Delivered, Mark 9:31

[18] Acts 2:23-24

[19] Philippians 2:7

[20] Hebrews 2:17

[21] Philippians 2:8

[22] Hebrews 9:22

[23] John 19:30

[24] John 1:29

[25] 2 Corinthians 5:21

[26] Romans 5:8-10

[27] 1 John 4:9-10

[28] Jeremiah 6:16

[29] Matthew 17:23

[30] Luke 9:45

[31] Luke 24:45-48

[32] Matthew 28:18-20

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