What Jesus Did! 'The Fall Revisited' — Mark 9:33-34

Monday, June 20, 2016

Jesus and his followers went to Capernaum. They went into a house. Then Jesus said to his followers, "I heard you arguing on the road today. What were you arguing about?" But the followers did not answer, because their argument on the road was about which one of them was the greatest.
— Mark 9:33-34
Illustration of Mark 9:33-34 — "I heard you arguing on the road today. What were you arguing about?"

Key Thought

Sin entered the world because human beings wanted to be as important as God. So often, our sins still center around our desire to be our own little gods. Maybe we don't want to be in charge of the whole universe, but we do want to be the most important and significant person in our own sphere of existence. We want to be the greatest in our own world. This is where inviting Jesus into our presence and being honest with him about our desires are crucial. We can't invite the one who left heaven to serve earthlings into our presence without falling under conviction that our desires for greatness are selfish arrogance and not a desire for excellence. In fact, Jesus personifies excellence and redefines what a Christ-follower's life of excellence is all about—self-sacrificing service to others, as the next verses show.

Today's Prayer

O Father, please gently humble me. Remove the dross of my character. Purge out the arrogance and selfishness of my heart so that I can serve you, and others, with Christ-like love and care. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Then Jesus and his followers left that place. They went through Galilee. Jesus did not want the people to know where they were. Jesus wanted to teach his followers alone. Jesus said to them, "The Son of Man will be given to people that will kill him. After three days, he will rise from death." But the followers did not understand what Jesus meant. And they were afraid to ask him what he meant. Jesus and his followers went to Capernaum. They went into a house. Then Jesus said to his followers, "I heard you arguing on the road today. What were you arguing about?" But the followers did not answer, because their argument on the road was about which one of them was the greatest. Jesus sat down and called the twelve apostles to him. Jesus said, "If any person wants to be the most important, then he must make all other people more important than himself. That person must serve all other people." Then Jesus took a small child. Jesus stood the child before the followers. Jesus held the child in his arms and said, "If a person accepts children like these in my name, then that person is also accepting me. And if a person accepts me, then that person is also accepting the One (God) that sent me."

Mark 9:30-37

Related Scripture Readings

The snake was the most clever of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. {The snake wanted to trick the woman.} The snake spoke to the woman and said, "Woman, did God really tell you that you must not eat from any tree in the garden?" The woman answered the snake, "{No! God did not say that!} We can eat fruit from the trees in the garden. But there is one tree we must not eat from. God told us, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden. You must not even touch that tree or you will die.'" But the snake said to the woman, "You will not die. God knows that if you eat the fruit from that tree you will learn about good and evil. And then you will be the same as God!" The woman saw the tree was beautiful. She saw the fruit was good to eat. And it was exciting that the tree would make her wise. So the woman took fruit from the tree and ate it. Her husband was there with her, so she gave some of the fruit to him and he ate it. Then {both the man and the woman changed. It was like} their eyes opened, {and they saw things differently}. They saw that they had no clothes on—they were naked. So they got some fig leaves and sewed them together and wore the fig leaves for clothes. During the cool part of the day, the Lord God was walking in the garden. The man and the woman heard him, and they hid among the trees in the garden. The Lord God called to the man and said, "Where are you?" The man said, "I heard you walking in the garden, and I was afraid. I was naked, so I hid."

Genesis 3:1-10

Then Jesus asked, "Who do you say I am?" Peter answered, "You are the Christ. " Jesus told the followers, "Don't tell any person who I am." Then Jesus began to teach his followers that the Son of Man must suffer many things. Jesus taught that the Son of Man would not be accepted by the older Jewish leaders, the leading priests, and the teachers of the law. Jesus taught that the Son of Man must be killed and then rise from death after three days. Jesus told them everything that would happen. He did not keep anything secret. Peter spoke to Jesus alone. Peter criticized Jesus for saying {those things}. But Jesus turned and looked at his followers. Then he criticized Peter. Jesus said to Peter, "Go away from me, Satan ! You don't care about the things of God. You care only about things that people think are important."

Mark 8:29-33

Don't continue bragging! Don't speak proud words! Why? Because the Lord God knows everything, God leads and judges people.

1 Samuel 2:3

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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