DEVOTIONAL

Servant of All

 
Again, Jesus speaks to his disciples about the suffering, death and resurrection that awaits him in Jerusalem. Again, the disciples get the wrong end of the stick, but their error is a wee bit different this time. It seems that there’s one thing they’ve understood: the disciples are to mirror the one to whom they are committed (as one scholar puts it). Trouble is, they seem not to appreciate that Jesus’ “glory” is diametrically opposite to the world’s notion of glory. So, as they march off towards Jerusalem, the disciples argue about worldly glory:  
 
[Jesus asks] “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest (v. 33-34).  

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…the price to be paid…

Mark 8:27-38 (Psalm 116:1-9)

He [Jesus] asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him. Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things” (Mark 8:29-33).

Poor Peter cannot win.


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God Pause

from Luther Seminary