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Mark 9:30-50 – Who Is the Greatest? Meditative Musing for Dec 7


Jesus again told the Twelve of His coming death and resurrection. They didn’t understand; instead of asking for explanation, they argued about who was greatest. I can almost hear Peter boasting, “If I’d been there, I would’ve sent that demon running!” (v. 18).

At their destination, Jesus asked what they’d discussed on the way. They were silent; Jesus told them that any who would be great must become a servant.

God’s kingdom has servants, not bosses. Unlike this world, God’s way is greatness through service, not through being made a director.

Then John said, “We saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he was not following us.” Was he trying to change the subject from who is the greatest? Did he expect Jesus to commend him? Or was he maybe confessing how he had erred? I do not know. But what Jesus said, surprised him – as it surprises us when we read it.

Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me, but the one who is not against us is for us….

John had acted like a boss, not a servant. He made himself judge over the man, a role that belongs to the Lord.

Yet, many of us seem to delight in speaking against what others do “in the name of the Lord.” Jesus will judge them. We just need to be servants who do His bidding.

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