Jesus Outside the Walls

Jesus Outside the Walls

Sunday, June 6, 2021
Serve Sunday
Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Mark 10 captures a scene where two of Jesus’ disciples (James and John) approach Jesus with a rather bold request —  “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 

They were asking for positions of high honor, esteem and authority. When the other disciples got wind of this request, they became unglued — ‘indignant’ is the descriptive word Mark uses. How dare they ask the Master such a pretentious request — especially in lieu of beating them to the ask!  

Jesus seized the opportunity to teach them all about greatness and honor and esteem. While there are indeed positions of authority — of which Jesus holds the highest place of honor — the expression of greatness actually involves losing. Losing self, rights, time, wants, personal promotion…

But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:43-45)

Jesus points out (to James and John, to the other disciples, and to us) that the lure of esteem and honor and authority that emblazoned their request actually placed them on a path in the opposite direction. Serving is better fitted in bringing us that close to Jesus (right and left). In fact, serving actually places us in the very footprints of Jesus.

Want to get closer to Jesus today?  Keep participating in those acts of service..

Brad Mann
brad@claycentercovenant.com

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