Continuing in the book of Mark, Reverend Christina this morning examines the section that focuses on what Jesus taught his disciples about serving others. Key characters in this story are the disciples James and John. Together they came to Jesus requesting honored places in Christ’s kingdom. Jesus did not subject the two disciples to ridicule for asking, but he did deny their request. Instead of assuring them a high position in the Kingdom, he explained that true greatness comes in serving others. Perhaps the request made by James and John came out of fear of Jesus’ impending death and resurrection and how this would affect their continued association with Jesus when it came time for them to join Him in the Kingdom to come. Whatever the cause, what Christ was telling them was the desire to be on top and offered high position would not truly help the two followers, but might hinder them in their Christian ministry to the needs of others. Deep-seated humility joined with a commitment to assisting others will bring new life to both giver and recipient alike. Christ taught that message and His disciples finally got it; so should we all.
In this week’s show, Reverend Christina Thompson takes listeners through Mark 10:35-45 which says (ESV):
35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36 And he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” 37 And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38 Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” 39 And they said to him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized, 40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” 41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. 42 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43 But it shall not be so among you. 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.”
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Reach Out and Trust is a faith-based 30-minute program brought to you each Sunday morning at 7:30 am and 11:30 am. Reach Out and Trust is a ministry of Whitney United Methodist Church here in Boise. Rev. Christina Thompson is the pastor at Whitney and each week brings her sermon to the radio. Each program is designed to encourage trust in the Lord and seeks to bring everyone who listens to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.