The Gospels record many of the same events, so we’ll have some “re-runs” this morning . That’s okay – repetition is great for learning! Let’s read Matthew 20:1-16, Mark 10:32-34, Matthew 20:17-19, Luke 18:31-34, Mark 10:35-45, Matthew 20:20-34, Mark 10:46-52, Luke 18:35-43, and Luke 19:1-27. Did you circle anything or did anything stand out to you this morning? Let’s read and then visit!
“He replied to the one speaking for the rest, ‘Friend, I haven’t been unfair. We agreed on the wage of a dollar, didn’t we? So take it and go. I decided to give to the one who came last the same as you. Can’t I do what I want with my own money? Are you going to get stingy because I am generous?’ “Matthew 20:13-15 MSG
Matthew 20:1-16: in this parable, Jesus demonstrates that it’s good to extend grace and mercy to ALL. There’s that scarcity mentality we talked about yesterday again, too – some of the workers were upset that everyone was paid the same, but it didn’t hurt anyone for the landowner to be generous to everyone, did it? (Am I allowed to say “stay in your lane”?) 🙂
“the Son of Man will be betrayed to the religious leaders and scholars. They will sentence Him to death. They will then hand Him over to the Romans for mockery and torture and crucifixion. On the third day He will be raised up alive.” Matthew 20:19 MSG
Jesus again predicts His death. Even if it isn’t the ending the disciples hoped for, there is a certain comfort in knowing the end. There is even greater comfort in trusting the Lord, regardless of whether not we understand. Even on hard days, trust. Even when you know hard days will come, trust.
“Jesus stopped and called over, ‘What do you want from me?’ They said, ‘Master, we want our eyes opened. We want to see!’ Deeply moved, Jesus touched their eyes.” Matthew 20:32-35 MSG
Jesus was always full of compassion AND ready to heal. The man verbalized his need and Jesus healed him. The other blind man around heard the words and his sight was restored as well! I love how Jesus is moved by compassion when He sees us hurt – He is still the same today.