Final Thoughts on Mark 10:32-34
Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him: “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles; and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again.” NKJV
Since Jesus first began His earthly ministry, His disciples had misconceptions about His reason for coming into the world. They believed that He was going to deliver their nation from its domination by Rome and set up an earthly kingdom in which Israel would be restored to its former greatness, and Jesus would reign as king over the entire earth. The disciples were right, but they were mistaken about the timing.
The disciples believed that these things were about to happen in their lifetimes. They failed to understand that Jesus came the first time to accomplish something much greater than the establishment of an earthly kingdom. On two previous occasions Jesus had tried to tell His disciples that He had come into the world to die (Mark 8:31, 9:31), but they simply could not comprehend the truth that the Messiah would have to die to accomplish His divine mission on earth.
In this passage, we see Jesus going where no one else could go; about to do what no one else could do. The perfect, sinless Son of God was about to die for a world of sinners. He was about to provide salvation for all of those who would place their faith in Him and receive Him as their personal Savior. Then He would rise from the dead, conquering the power of the grave forever, and giving eternal life and victory over sin, death, Satan, and Hell to all those who have their faith in Him.