And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. 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. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Comment: Any comment seems superfluous! In relationship to what James and John had asked I see at least two possibilities – the other disciples were indignant because they wish they had sought the positions for themselves or were they righteously indignant that the two were so power hungry? I think the former more likely! The rest is patently obvious – the Servant King wants servant followers not self-seeking, followers!
Prayer: You have spoken clearly here, my King. May my hearing be proven by obedience!
One thought on “Mark 10: 41-45…..Authority v Service.”
Thank you Barry for your comments on this passage. I see two worlds here. The world we live in where greatness is always tied to great wealth, great possessions, great status and position, and great authority and power over people. The world which Jesus came to proclaim is where greatness is measured by humility, selflessness and serving others first and foremost. I remember a song I learned many, many years ago. “J-O-Y, J-O-Y, this is what it means. Jesus first, yourself last and others in between”. It still rings true today. God bless you.