by Josh Vahle
42 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43 But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your bondservant, 44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:42-45
Jesus had just prophesied His Death and Resurrection a third time. Then James and John had requested the Vice-President and CEO positions in the new Messianic World-Ruling Government they thought Jesus was about to set up as The King, The Daniel 7 Son of Man Anointed Christ of Yahweh, prophesied to come and establish a worldwide Kingdom in which He would co-rule and receive worship as God, alongside Yahweh, equal with Yahweh. The other 10 disciples are upset. They start arguing about who would be the greatest in Jesus’ Kingdom. Jesus gently inserts Himself into the conversation. He tries to correct their thinking. (Although they didn’t actually begin to get it until He poured out His Power from on High on them while they were praying in an upper room in Jerusalem on The Day of Pentecost, The Day when God began writing His New Covenant Law of Love on the hearts and minds of His Followers, not on tablets of stone, not on a earthly Mountain of Sinai, the physical shadow, but from The Heavenly Mount Zion, The Spiritual Reality…see Exodus 19-20; Isaiah 2:1-5; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 12:18-28; Revelation 14:1-5). He describes the upside-down Kingdom of God, The Kingdom of the heavens, which He was actively planting like a mustard seed in the world garden, which He was in the process of hiding as a small bit of yeast inside the dough of the world. Starting with them. Starting with 12. What a plan. What a God!
Jesus, hide your Gospel yeast inside us, deep in our hearts, in the very center of our souls. Spread it into every part of our beings and life, and also into the hearts and lives of others, like a contagious virus. Plant your Gospel seed in us. Grow it. And cause us to produce the good fruit of The Spirit and disciple-making disciples who multiply themselves into others becoming a cascading movement of disciple-making disciples who learn to obey all of your commands from a heart of love. Give us the supernatural ability to choose to become bondservants who are bonded to and owned by You, our Master. Re-create our thinking and desires so that we are re-made into willing grateful joyful slaves of every person You call us to love as You have loved us first, following in Your Divine Footsteps, walking in the good works which You prepared for us to actively walk in, to do, as Your Not by our strength, nor by our self-effort, but by Your Spirit, says Yahweh Commander in Chief of the Angel Armies of Heaven. Amen.