As we read
Mark 10:42-45 below we must also read verses 35 – 41 to understand the context of these given below. In the last verse Jesus is prophesying His future, telling us what He already knows will happen.
That is one advantage of being God; He knows, and you and I suppose we know. When I make our plans for the future, for example, I have 2011 pretty well planned out. Yet, not being God, any prophesy on my part as to what will actually happen in 2011 is just a guess on my part. It all might happen as planned, or changes may come about. (Jesus may come before 2011 and none of what I planned will happen.)
Yet, Jesus, our God, our Lord, and Saviour died on “The Old Rugged Cross” for not only my sins, but for the sins of many (all). He intentionally planned the date and the time of His death. He knew before the beginning of time the date, the hour, the minute and the second that His human spirit would be removed from His earthly body.
You and I are not required to climb on that “Cross.” We are not required to martyr ourselves physically. However, we as Christians are to die spiritually, and martyr our souls for the cause of Christ.
(Romans 12:1-2) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
We are to present our bodies (the container of our soul) a living sacrifice. We are to transform our minds to the likeness of God, to be what is “The Perfect Will of God.” We both know we will never achieve a complete likeness of Him, but we have to prove, grow in the Lord, and seek that acceptable “Perfect Will of God.”
We have used the Wordless Book in our children’s classes to descriptively show them the stages: Our Sin, His Blood, His Salvation, and Our Growth in the Lord. Once we have accepted Jesus as our personal Saviour, our next step is to Glorify God in all manner of our walk. Our first step is repentance, and then Baptism, now our task is to grow in Him. We are to seek Him in the Word of God, seek Him in the Preaching, and seek Him in the teaching.
(2 Timothy 2:15) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Bro John R. E Chastain