(Numbers 34-36, Mark 10:32-52)

“See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles. [34] And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise.” (Mark 10:33-34 ESV)

Jesus is not to be pitied. He came for one purpose… to redeem us! He came to lay down His life for us. Nothing was taken from Him, rather He laid His life down willingly. The cross was the plan, the redemptive plan of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, from before the foundation of the world. Jesus was not taken by surprise.

We must not allow ourselves to feel pity for Jesus. This is the wrong emotion and will lead us into the grossest of errors. We must resist every condescension toward Christ. Jesus set his face like flint, knowing full well what lay before Him. The scriptures say that He walked ahead of His disciples (Mark 10:32), pursuing His purpose, as the Redeemer of the World!

He is our Savior! In every way, He is our hero, our present Redeemer. Though we hated Him, though we disregarded and maybe still even disregard Him, He loved and loves us. He is faithful to the very end. He will not shrink back from His purpose in our lives. There is no room for pity, only awe and worship.