Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 17-OCT-2021 - 11 AM Sermon
Rev Vikki Waller
Pentecost 21 – When James and John approached Jesus to ask if they could sit next to him when he came into his kingdom, Jesus had tell them that it wasn't the sort of request that he could satisfy; but he wasn't rebuking them. A little earlier in Mark's gospel, he had told his listeners that to enter the kingdom of God you needed to receive it like a little child; and here were two of his disciples behaving like children in their enthusiasm to accompany him in his cause. When Jesus challenged them as to whether they really knew what they were asking and what it would cost them, they answered that they understood all that; they wanted the best with all their hearts; and Jesus was able to affirm them. The other ten disciples were unhappy with what was going on, and Jesus had to give them a talk about the inverted hierarchies in God's kingdom, where the greatest, such as rulers and tyrants, were counted among the least, and those who merely served others were counted among the greatest. Jesus encourages us to choose the things that lead to an explosion of life, over the things that would slowly poison us. Following Jesus will include sacrifice, selflessness, and perhaps even persecution; but they are nothing compared to the wonderful gifts that come to those who turn from sin and self-centredness to serve the living and true God.
Mark 10: 35-45

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