Below it are links to others who have blogged in this theme as well. It is humbling to be included with this list of bloggers/writers.
NOT SO WITH YOU.
These four words may not sum up the Gospel, but they should sum up our response to the Gospel.
Jesus is traveling with his followers to Jerusalem when Mark tells the story of Jesus' third prediction of his death. Jesus, like he has twice before in Mark, tells his followers that he is going to die when he gets to Jerusalem. So they do what any rabbi following, messiah loving, Jesus wannabe, students would do-- two of them pull Jesus aside and secretly ask him if they can have the places of honor when Jesus is in his Glory (Obviously oblivious to what that would entail, and clearly not what disciples should do). So he tells them, "These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.” Who would have ever guessed the two that would eventually be at Jesus' right and left.
If they only knew what they were asking they would have never asked it. If they only understood these three predictions of death, they might would have stopped following. They probably would have gone home; given up; and continued life as they knew it before they were called by Christ. But they did not get it. Just didn't understand exactly how things would happen.
So he calls them all together and tells them the way things should be. “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you.
Not so with you... Hear these words. These are the words that Jesus uses to turn everything upside down.
This is the way the world works... Not so with you.
This is the way the world defines strong... Not so with you.
This is how the world defines first... Not so with you.
This is how the world defines rich... Not so with you.
This is how the world defines righteous... Not so with you.
This is how the world defines religious... Not so with you.
Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,
If you want to be great among my followers you must be my followers' servant, but if you want to be great among everyone, must be a slave to everyone.
But Jesus doesn't just tell his followers that they must. He lets them know that he must also. "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
And just five chapters later Jesus is hung on a cross. Mark is clear to point out that on each side, his right and his left, a thief was also being crucified (those two having been prepared for those places). Here was Jesus on a cross; a very brutal form a torture and death, bleeding, gasping for breath, hurting, in anguish, and pain.
And it was there on the cross that Jesus THE SON was in his GLORY. It was there on the cross that Jesus took the greatest servant/slave role-- a role that only he could take.
And in this flip flopped, turned upside down world the Jesus calls us to live, we must constantly look at the way the world defines things and remember four words.
"Not so with you."
It is in these words that we find the Glory of Jesus.
Jeremy Schopper ---- https://
Danny Holman "The Jesus Challenge” ---- https://www.facebook.com/
Carl Jenkins John 6:1-15. The feeding of the 5,000 ------ http://
Johnathan Dobbs 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 ----- http://mrjdobbs.wordpress.com/
Scott Elliott Luke 1:67-79. ----- http://
resurrectedliving.wordpress.com /2014/06/17/ the-beauty-of-the-gospel//
Chris Hodges Matthew 17:1-8 - The Mount of Transfiguration ----- https://chrisrhodges.com/2014/
David Smith John 17.24-26 ----- http://preachersmith.com/2014/
06/26/ then-they-can-see-my-glory-whic h-you-gave-me/
Jeremy Hoover Matthew 10 ----- http://www.jeremyhoover.com/
Allen Carr Matthew 10:40-42 "The Glory in the Welcome" --- http://sacredmargins.com/2014/07/03/the-glory-in-the-welcome/