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May 3, 2013

Just a quick thought tonight. Still reading through King’s Cross.

Jesus had told the disciples that he was going to die. In fact he told them several times. And each time he told them that he would rise again on the third day. He went on to say that he had come to give his life as a ransom for many.

So, following their master’s lead James and John the sons of thunder came to him and said “we want you to do what we ask”. That’s an interesting way to talk to the Son of God, but perhaps that is how a lot of us pray. “God this is what you must do for me”.

What did they want? “In your glory can we sit in the seats on your right and left”. Jesus was talking about giving everything for them and all humanity and they wanted the best seats.

Keller comments that the time when Jesus’ glory is most clearly shown is on the cross. He turns all our ideas upside down. And who were on his left and right then? Two thieves, each nailed to a cross. No wonder Jesus told James and John they didn’t know what they were asking!

Jesus chose the way of sacrifice so that he could ransom us. He paid the price for our freedom. Do we like James and John miss the point of all this and still seek those things that we think we need? Or are our lives lived in sacrificial gratitude to the one to whom we owe everything?


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