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35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36 And he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” 37 And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38 Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” 39 And they said to him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized, 40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” 41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. 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 servant, 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.”
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Summary: We have been considering the question, "Why did Jesus come to live among us?" We have seen his coming was to save sinners, give abundant life and to serve us. Mark (10:35-45) and Matthew's (20:20-28) gospel records that Jesus challenges our views of greatness. True greatness or real greatness is not in being served but in serving and giving of oneself. This is counterintuitive to most, and yet Jesus modeled it perfectly and completely in giving himself as a ransom to save us from sin and shame. As you consider this Christmas season, please give thought to seeing greatness in the light of Jesus and his willingness to suffer and die for us to know and enjoy the abundant life of God.
Review and Apply
Give the names of a few heroes in your life? What makes them great in your eyes?
How does Jesus model greatness?
What does it mean that he gave his life as a ransom for many?
In what ways do you seek greatness by serving your family, friends, and church?
How does the gospel form a strong foundation/motivation for serving?