What is the right way to follow Jesus? As Jesus and his crew make the final turn towards Jerusalem, where he has predicted he will be turned over to the both the Jewish and Gentile authorities to be mocked, beaten and killed, but will be raised to new life; Mark tells us the disciples followed in astonishment or amazement, and others in the crowd were afraid. We can tentatively follow along after Jesus with an apprehensive, even apathetic spirit, with a measure of arrogance, or perhaps with a little edge of anger. Jesus consistently blesses those who express an ‘all-in’ totally devoted, ready to leave everything behind attitude, but he patiently works with all of us as we align our motives, emotions and attitudes with his servant’s heart.
They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again he took the Twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to him. “We are going up to Jerusalem,” he said, “and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise.”