Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

October 19: Sharing in the Glory. (Living the Word)

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

October 19: Sharing in the Glory. (Living the Word)

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Isaiah 5.3:4-12; Psalm 91:9-16; Hebrews 5:1-10; Mark 10:35-45

Jesus' third prediction of the passion, like the first two, reveals the disciples' continued inability (or unwillingness) to comprehend his mission. This time, brothers James and John follow Jesus' prediction with a request; in fact, they tell Jesus that "we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you" (Mark 10:35). They want to share in the earthly power that they believe awaits Jesus, to "Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory" (Mark 10:37). Clearly, they have not been listening to Jesus or his promise that his life will end not in glory but in shame, that he will not be physically powerful but powerless, that he faces not religious or political leadership but death at the hands of both. The only glory of which he has spoken will come in heaven, after his resurrection. Both James and John, like Peter and the other disciples, have viewed Jesus' Messiah-ship through the lens of their own needs and desires, and thus, even at the third telling, they cannot begin to comprehend its true meaning. …

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