In Mark 10, twice Jesus asked, “What do you want me to do for you?” He posed the question to James and John, and they asked to sit one at his right hand and the other at his left hand in glory. He also asked the same question to a blind man named Bartimaeus when he cried out to Jesus for mercy.
Jesus’ answer to James and John was, “You do not know what you are asking” and he healed Bartimaeus. This sets the stage for the climax of Mark’s story. Jesus had finished his journey from Galilee and was headed to Jerusalem where conflict was inevitable.
Mark presents these two stories back to back, drawing an intentional contrast signaled by the fact that Jesus asks both parties the exact same question. James and John asked for glory, Bartimaeus asks for mercy
Lusting for ________ (Mark 10:35-45)
Longing for _________ (Mark 10:46-52)
How will you take your next step with Jesus this week in laying your life down to serve?
Main Idea: True greatness in Jesus’ kingdom is not being exalted or exalting oneself, but trusting him and following the pattern of his cross.
If Jesus were to stand before you and ask, ‘What do you want from me?’ what would you say? (What would you really say? Not what you think he would want to hear)
What does your answer reveal about the treasure of your heart? What does it reveal about your view of Jesus?
Read Mark 10:1-12. What are the Pharisees attempting to do to Jesus? What does their question reveal about the way many viewed marriage in the first century, and what parallels do you see with that today? How does Jesus’ answer provide a corrective for them and for us?
Read Mark 10:13-31 and compare the characters in vv. 13-16 and vv. 17-31. What do they have in common and how are they treated differently? What does this reveal about the assumptions people had about who could enter God’s kingdom? How does Jesus turn those assumptions upside down?
Read Mark 10:32-45. What do the disciples ask Jesus for, and what does their request reveal about how they defined ‘greatness’? How does Jesus answer, and how does he define true greatness in this passage?
Read Mark 10:46-52. What does Bartimaeus ask Jesus for, and how is this different from the disciples’ request? How does Jesus answer, and what does his answer reveal about who he is and what his kingdom is about?
When serving is hard, what is it that typically keeps you personally from following Jesus’ pattern and laying your life down for others in love?
How will you take your next step with Jesus this week in laying your life down to serve? Can you think of people in your life who need someone to come alongside them?
How can you love and serve people in such a way that they see and savor Jesus more?
ASSIGNMENT: With your group, memorize Mark 10:45, and reflect together on Christ’s invitation to trust him and follow the pattern of his cross.