In this section the little children are brought to Jesus and the overprotective disciples interfere but Jesus corrects them. Then there comes to Him a rich young leader who is not as dedicated as he first supposes.
Divorce is a very distasteful topic for a pastor to preach on because of the misery and sin caused by it, especially in the lives of many professing Christians. Many have too hard a heart to be reconciled in love
Jesus addressed self-seeking in his disciples when John recalled a related failure. Jesus made it clear that those who believe in Him are on His side but those who harm His people risk endless torment after this life.
Christ intended to again educate His apostles about His betrayal, death and resurrection. But popular teachings about Messiah had drowned out Scripture’s facts about His suffering, leaving them closed minded.
Jesus and three of His disciples return from a glorious event on a mountain, to an awaiting problem in the valley. Need, opposition, failure, victory and education are all bundled into the apostles present experience.