Cost of following Jesus(click HERE for study notes) (Mark 10:28-31)Timo Keskitalo, May 6, 2012
Part of the Exposition of Mark series, preached at a Sunday Service service
Cost of following Jesus
Peter says that he has left everything and followed Jesus. Look what is
the background of this statement. What had happened just previously?
What is Peter aiming at with this statement?
Jesus answers by stating what kind of things are left and what is the
Which one sounds more painful to leave, wealth or family?
Think about what meant by this "leaving". How did the disciples leave?
Have you left something for Jesus and his gospel? Do you know people who
have lost their family for the sake of Jesus? Discuss examples of these
losses. Discuss how painful it may be. These people carry the pain for
the rest of their life.
Use this exercise to evaluate your life. What would be the most
difficult things to give up? What the order of values in your life? Is
Jesus worth losing everything? Would you be ready to pay the cost?
Jesus gives a surprising promise of a 100-fold compensation in this
life. How can you understand this? Does this look real according to your
observation? What are these 100 homes, 100 mothers, fathers, brothers,
sisters and children?
Strangely Jesus adds that persecution comes with this compensation. Rich
compensation with pain. It sounds as if now you will be suffering a
100-fold loss. What does this mean? Who are your 100 brothers with
persecution? What kind of invitation is this?
Eternal life is just a short note added. Why is this aspect so lightly
Finally Jesus says that first will be last and last will be first. What
kind of hint or code is this? Jesus uses this expression often. What
does it tell about the way Jesus thinks as compared to the value systems
of this world?
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28 Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” 29 Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” (ESV)