They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him. Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.” (Mark 9:30-37, NRSV)
This is an interesting passage.
Jesus just told the disciples a second time what is going to happen to Him, yet no one takes him aside, maybe they remember what He did to Peter! But also none of them asks any questions or comments at all. They continue on their way…
Then Jesus asks them what they were talking about…
They were working out their escape plan…
Because it says after Jesus told them what He did, “But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.” They were afraid.
And when we get afraid we do strange things. We look out for #1, ourselves.
Small fears or great fears have a way of paralyzing us or causing us to look for our escape plan.
The disciples didn’t understand what Jesus was saying, or maybe they did and if they are going to kill Him, what will they do to us, so if we think about this another way, maybe we can just work through this…
You see fears are what we make of them.
This picture of Yoda comes from The Empire Strikes Back where he sends Luke into the Dark Side tree. He tells Luke to leave his weapons, as he will not need them, they only thing he will find in there is what he takes with him.
Fear can control us. But if we can open our hearts and lives to Jesus as a child trusts, then the kingdom will be opened to us in ways we can not possibly imagine.
If we can leave our fears behind, God will take us places only He can imagine.
If we can leave our fears behind, we will open the kingdom, not only for ourselves, but to the world around us.
So what is your fear, and how will you allow Him to help you over it?