3 responses to the masters teaching
Mark 9: 30 – 38
30 They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were, 31 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.”32 But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it. 33 They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” 34 But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest. 35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” 36 He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 37 “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.” 38 “Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”
3 responses to the masters teaching:
Jesus is leaving, He tells them he will suffer, he will die but that the future will be great, He will rise to a new day and a new era for mankind. This is the post-transfiguration talk. He has done a similar talk before but now after his experience on the mountain it is even clearer. Peter, James and John witnessed the transfiguration, they saw His glory, the eternal Son. Jesus speaks again, He teaches one more time. The responses come from a fixed position. It is these fixed positions that we can all fall into and we need to be unlocked from. They still exist today. Let us see them ….
- “We don’t understand you.” How can this be? It just seemed they were blinded and deaf to what he was teaching them. In short they were lacking wisdom. The earliest time I can recall praying for wisdom was as a 13 year old newspaper delivery boy and there has not been many days in my life when I have not prayed a simple prayer, “God give me wisdom.” We need this so much in every aspect and every new chapter of our life.
- “We want to be number 1.” v34. How can this be? Jesus has said he was going to suffer and they want to talk about who is the greatest. Perhaps Jesus mentioned one of them would betray him and they all argued at who it would be. Whatever actually happened the whole team were battling over their positions. Even Peter, James and John who had been chosen to go up the mountain of transfiguration were not content to be in the close circle of Jesus, they too wanted to be number 1. They were full of ambition. Still today even leaders want to be a higher leader, members want to be pastors, Pastors want to be apostles, apostles want to be bishops, bishops want to be archbishops and archbishops want to be Popes. That’s in the church but it is everywhere. Naked, raw ambition, climb the ladder, get to the top, it is better up there. Ambition is a killer of the church.
- “We are the only true representatives of you.” v38. How can this be? When the disciples led by John saw people being set free from demons, lives being transformed, they complained that it was being done outside of the team’s authority. They were the only ones who had been ordained by Jesus, who had the true commission, who had the best qualifications. These other people were not doing it correctly, they were not one of them. They were filled with arrogant righteousness. Social media is full of this every moment of the day. We are the best, the only, the true, look at us, look at me, listen to how authentic, original, the best, you have tried the rest now try the best. We need to be delivered from such attitudes.
3 responses that actually still exist today!