Mark 10:35-45 by Rev. David Banks2009-10-14 by David Banks
Submit a Question
James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you."
Me First! I love spending time at the local elementary school. Watching the children at play, in class and when they think no one is looking is truly priceless. When recess is over, there is this mad dash to be first in line. The kids that get "it", in my opinon, play as long as they can and are contend to be in the back of the line. Recently I watched as two kids asked a teacher to tell them when it was close to lining up. You guessed it, they wanted to be first. In fact, their desire to be first caused them to miss out on a chunk of priceless play time. The story doesn't end there. You see, there are also the kids who try to make their way to the front of the line anyway. And I am here to tell you that behavior doesn't necessarily change. Two nights ago, Monday, October 12, 2009, I watched as grown men and women did the same thing at a U2 concert.They all wanted to be the closest they could to the stage. The concert was all about them.
For James and John, they are doing the same thing the children and adults do, they are saying "Me First." Think about a couple of things here. First of all, James and John are asking to be First at the table, front row. And secondly, James and John are thinking more about the end of the show, than the beginning. Being spat on, humiliated, crucified, these are the things Jesus had been saying all along, yet following it up with the heavenly vision of eternity. They want to be in charge too. And before we are too hard on these two, read a little more.
"When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John."
Right, they really are no different, they are probably just mad they didn't thik of it first. BUt Jesus is Jesus and he did His bes to straighten everyone out. The first will be last and the last will be first. You've, no doubt, heard this before, but, like the disciples, you still clammer to be first. If you really want to be first, take the cup. Please. And as you do, when things are a little rough, remember what God said to Job in Chapter 38, "Gird up your loins". In other words man up, you asked for it.
An intersting compare/contrast will be Job 38:1+/Mark 10:35-45/Hebrews 5:1-10. Work in the image of the gift of faith(what James and John wanted) with the cost(How rough discipleship can be) and put a nice bow of encouragement from Job 38:1-7(34-41).Login
- (This login is for administrators and bloggers. Usernames and passwords for GoodPreacher subscribers will not work here.)