Powered by 4 - March 30, 2012

 

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today's reading.
Mark 10:32-45    And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him...

the blog.
Jesus and the twelve disciples are headed to Jerusalem when Jesus talks with them about his coming crucifixion. Right after this, James and John ask Jesus to "Grant us to sit, one at our right hand and one at your left, in our glory." Now I was thinking, Really? That "request" is way out of line. But Jesus handled the situation so wisely. Here's what I noticed:

  • Jesus is forthright with the disciples. He tells them what is coming.
  • He listens to the special request put before Him.
  • Instead of being critical of James and John for making a foolish request, He explains why He cannot do what they ask.
  • And finally, Jesus deals immediately with the frustration of the other disciples and uses what has happened as a teaching opportunity about serving.

So what did you see about Jesus from this passage? Any additional leadership qualities to add to the list? Tami W. 

P.S. My blog today includes a bunch of other photos from Israel. Hope you've enjoyed our road trip for the past two weeks!

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