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Passage: Mark 10:32-45

Mark 10:32-45 – Jesus Teaches on His Passion and Resurrection for the Third Time


Jesus speaks about his passion and resurrection again. After this, he explains that the life of a disciple is a life of a servant.


The setting for the third announcement is on the road, going up to Jerusalem. This announcement is the most detailed of the three that Jesus gives in the second major section of Mark. It includes eight future-tense verbs describing what awaits Jesus in Jerusalem (10:32-34). James and John misunderstand and ask for places of honor in his coming kingdom (10:35-40). The other disciples respond to them with indignation. Jesus responds by teaching that discipleship is to be understood in the paradox of "whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all" (10:43b-44). In Jesus they have the pattern of one who has come "not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many" (10:45).