What Jesus Did! 'A Favor Please' — Mark 10:35-37

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Then James and John, sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus. They said, "Teacher, we want to ask you to do something for us." Jesus asked, "What do you want me to do for you?" The sons answered, "You will have glory {in your kingdom}. Let one of us sit at your right, and let one of us sit at your left."
— Mark 10:35-37 NLT
Illustration of Mark 10:35-37 NLT — "You will have glory {in your kingdom}. Let one of us sit at your right, and let one of us sit at your left."

Key Thought

Sometimes the Scriptures are just too honest. I'm being a little sarcastic ... but just a little. The people we see, even those that are potentially our heroes, are so much like us. Their feet of clay help make the grace of Jesus real and accessible. Jesus' closest followers reveal that they don't really understand what he has just said to them and what his life, ministry, and purpose are supposed to be. They've told Jesus a few verses earlier what they gave up to follow him. They seem to ignore what he has just told them in the previous verse that he will pay a horrible price for them. They can only think of glory. So while they courageously overcome their fear and dread to follow him to Jerusalem, they also have a great desire to get the big pay off from their association with him. Of course, the real question is whether or not they follow him just because he is Lord and worthy of their allegiance. But then, their lack of understanding and their greed become the opportunity for us to ask ourselves the same question. Will we follow Jesus even if the costs are high and the appearances suggest that there is no earthly pay off? Hmm? Ouch! God help me.

Today's Prayer

O glorious Father, please forgive my selfishness. I confess that I want to be treated favorably and be blessed for following you. Please give me the courage to follow no matter the cost in this life as I reach in faith for what is life indeed! In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 8:34-37
  • John 21:15-19
  • Acts 20:22-24

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About This Devotional

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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