Mark 9:30-37 “Like You’d Love a Child” JUMC 20120923

They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him. Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.” [NRSV]

Jesus and the Disciples: Behind the Scenes Tour

a Capermam Peter’s home town, second largest synagogue, Temple junior, city of faithful folk, city of commerce and wealth

b Teaching on the go. Disciples on the job training and learning the spiritual journey through the physical journey

c Understanding through the Arguing. Disciples can disagree and be wrong at times.

Last Place is Winner

a Who’s the best, Who is the least?

b Humility alone vs Humble Hard Work

Love me like you’d love a child.

a The Disciple’s get an object lesson about greatness

b A child needs to be fed, clothed, taught, accepted and sent

c Love Me as your Love a child (b)

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