the 2nd part of the Mark bible study Mark 10:35-45

30 Oct

Mark 10:35-45 The Message (MSG)

Essential Question: Jesus brings the disciples together to resolve a conflict due to James and John’s request to sit at Jesus’ right hand. He speaks about: 1. becoming a servant in order to become great and then 2. Becoming a slave. What is the difference between a servant and a slave in this text? With whom is Jesus challenging his disciples to be a slave to? With whom is he challenging them to be a slave for?

The Highest Places of Honour

35 James and John, Zebedee’s sons, came up to him. “Teacher, we have something we want you to do for us.”

36 “What is it? I’ll see what I can do.”

37 “Arrange it,” they said, “so that we will be awarded the highest places of honour in your glory—one of us at your right, the other at your left.”

38 Jesus said, “You have no idea what you’re asking. Are you capable of drinking the cup I drink, of being baptized in the baptism I’m about to be plunged into?”

39-40 “Sure,” they said. “Why not?”

Jesus said, “Come to think of it, you will drink the cup I drink, and be baptized in my baptism. But as to awarding places of honour, that’s not my business. There are other arrangements for that.”

41-45 When the other ten heard of this conversation, they lost their tempers with James and John. Jesus got them together to settle things down. “You’ve observed how godless rulers throw their weight around,” he said, “and when people get a little power how quickly it goes to their heads. It’s not going to be that way with you. Whoever wants to be great must become a servant. Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave. That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not to be served—and then to give away his life in exchange for many who are held hostage.”

Essential Question: Jesus brings the disciples together to resolve a conflict due to James and John’s request to sit at Jesus’ right hand. He speaks about: 1. becoming a servant in order to become great and then 2. Becoming a slave. What is the difference between a servant and a slave in this text? With whom is Jesus challenging his disciples to be a slave to? With whom is he challenging them to be a slave for?

Which is the more difficult to do? Can someone do both? Why? Why not?

How did Jesus do both? What is his ultimate work/mission?

Finally, why does ‘he give away his life’?

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