Daily Bible Reading – 2.18.2021

Rev. Ben Lovell   -  
Daily Bible Reading – 2.18.2021:
Mark 9:30-37 (NIV) – They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were, because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.” But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.
They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.
Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”
Pastor Doug’s Comments:
In this phase of his ministry, Jesus spent more time teaching the disciples about the essentials of the kingdom of God. Jesus told them a second time that he was going to die and rise again. They still did not comprehend it and were afraid to ask Jesus to explain it more fully.
Evidently, the disciples had their own conversation going on behind Jesus’ back, or at least they thought it was. As Jesus had just told them the cost for him to usher in this new kingdom, they were immaturely arguing over who was number one. As Jesus spoke about laying his life down, they talked about elevating themselves. Such status was central to honor in ancient cultures. Maybe out of embarrassment, they knew they had been caught and refused to own up to the content of their argument.
As Jesus sat down, that signaled it was time for an important teaching moment. The upside-down kingdom of God had come to reverse the order of contemporary culture. To climb the ladder of “success” is to become the willing helper of all. This self-denial of cross-bearing discipleship stands in direct opposition to the “yeast” of a self-promoting Herod and the proud Pharisees.
Then, Jesus used a child as an object lesson to identify that such a selfless mindset will welcome the least among them, even a child, in Jesus’ name. In so doing, they greet Jesus and the Father.
Questions To Consider/Discuss:
What does it look like for you to be a “servant of all” in your discipleship?