February 26th Jesus predicts his resurrection
32: And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him, 33: Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles: 34: And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.
James and John seek position
35: And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire. 36: And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you? 37: They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory. 38: But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? 39: And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized: 40: But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared. 41: And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John. 42: But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. 43: But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: 44: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. 45: For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
The healing of Bartimaeus
46: And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. 47: And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. 48: And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. 49: And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. 50: And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. 51: And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. 52: And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.
Christ is on his last long journey to Jerusalem and so he takes the time to explain exactly what will happen to him there. It is nearly always forgotten that this was an outstanding prophecy. None of these things were able to be orchestrated by Christ and yet in a few days they will all come true. The most difficult prophecy for anyone to fulfil would be their own resurrection. At this time the disciples are still so self focused that they are planning to out manoeuvre each other into positions of power in the kingdom. How little did they understand of what the future held for them. Then when the rest of the disciples heard what these disciples had asked they were very cross indeed. Why would they be cross? Because they wanted to be in charge too. This was all about power over each other. Christ tells then in no uncertain terms that it is the Gentiles who exercise lordship over the common people but that they are not to act in this way among brethren. The one that is greatest is the one that is servant of all. He then describes his whole course in life - For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. Christ came not to be served but to serve and to give his life. Christian ministers are not to see themselves in position of power over brethren but they are to see themselves as servants. It’s not their will that’s important it’s the will of those they serve that is important. On the road they pass Bartimaeus who calls out for Christ to heal his blindness. Christ’s simple question is a question that comes to us all. What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? His needs were many but his problem was one single disability. Christ removed the disability and Bartimeasus became a follower of Christ.