They Just Don’t Get It…

 
 
 
 
Quite a contrast here, between Jesus and his disciples.  Jesus tells his disciples of the pain and suffering he’s going to Jerusalem to endure…”“Listen,” he said, “we’re going up to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence him to die and hand him over to the Romans. They will mock him, spit on him, flog him with a whip, and kill him, but after three days he will rise again.”.  The insensitive jerks he has himself surrounded with (aka tge disciples) are thinking about what’s in it for them.  “Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came over and spoke to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do us a favor.” “What is your request?” he asked. They replied, “When you sit on your glorious throne, we want to sit in places of honor next to you, one on your right and the other on your left.””  He’s talking about pain and suffering…they are talking about status!!  
 “When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked, they were indignant.” I think we usually read this to mean they were upset over the fact that those two were selfish enough to be thinking that way.  I think they were ticked off because James and John beat them to it!!  These guys are all just like us, all full of themselves and worrying about their own glory.  That can either be depressing or encouraging.  I say encouraging.  Even Jesus closest followers weren’t what we would call the best of the best.  They were just regular people like you and me.  Even as they’ve been following Jesus through his whole ministry, seeing all they’ve seen and hearing all of his teaching, they (WE) still don’t get it!!  
“You don’t know what you are asking! Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of suffering I am about to drink? Are you able to be baptized with the baptism of suffering I must be baptized with?” “Oh yes,” they replied, “we are able!” Then Jesus told them, “You will indeed drink from my bitter cup and be baptized with my baptism of suffering.”   What Jesus knows that they don’t know here is the future to come – That all of his disciples will indeed suffer on his behalf after he goes to be with the father.  They will drink from his cup of suffering, which probably explains his patience with as they remain worldly in so much of their thinking. 

 “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.Like Jesus tells his disciples here, if we want to be true followers of Him, we must be servants of those around us.  Just as he did not come to be served but to serve….so we must also serve.


They were now on the way up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. The disciples were filled with awe, and the people following behind were overwhelmed with fear. Taking the twelve disciples aside, Jesus once more began to describe everything that was about to happen to him. “Listen,” he said, “we’re going up to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence him to die and hand him over to the Romans. They will mock him, spit on him, flog him with a whip, and kill him, but after three days he will rise again.” Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came over and spoke to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do us a favor.” “What is your request?” he asked. They replied, “When you sit on your glorious throne, we want to sit in places of honor next to you, one on your right and the other on your left.”But Jesus said to them, “You don’t know what you are asking! Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of suffering I am about to drink? Are you able to be baptized with the baptism of suffering I must be baptized with?” “Oh yes,” they replied, “we are able!” Then Jesus told them, “You will indeed drink from my bitter cup and be baptized with my baptism of suffering. But I have no right to say who will sit on my right or my left. God has prepared those places for the ones he has chosen.” When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked, they were indignant. So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.””

‭‭Mark‬ ‭10:32-45‬ ‭NLT‬‬
http://bible.com/116/mrk.10.32-45.nlt

Sent from my iPad

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s