Second Encounter: Servanthood and Sight
Text: Mark 10:32-52
Speaker: Joel Miller
Jesus is on the road to Jerusalem. At this point, he’s walking ahead of the others. Mark writes: “they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid.” Amazed, perhaps, because Jesus had just told a wealthy man that in order to follow him he had to sell everything, and redistribute his wealth to the poor. Afraid, perhaps, because Jesus keeps telling them – now for the third time – that once they arrive in Jerusalem, the Human One will be handed over to the authorities and killed…and after three days rise again.
Jesus was walking ahead of them, but James and John break away from the group and come forward to Jesus with a request about being Jesus’ right and left hand men – places of honor, power, and succession, perhaps.
With the other 10/12ths of the disciples now listening, quite upset at James and John, Jesus says this: “You know that the ones who...