In Jesus name…

Hey WordPress :) I read Mark 9:36-41 today. I think the clear resounding call in this section is that there is power in the name of Jesus and that His name turns society upside down.

Context

This comes in the context from the verses before this section where Jesus rebukes them about wanting to be the greatest saying “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and servant of all.” It seems that His disciples have begun believing they have status because they are Jesus’ disciples. They think they’re the awesome ones instead of the awesome One they belong to. Jesus I think tries to reveal this to them in showing them 3 examples.

1) Children

“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the One who sent me.”

– Mark 9:37

I think Jesus uses the example of children here because children aren’t seen super highly in society. They’re inexperienced, learning and definitely haven’t earned their respect yet. But Jesus here says that welcoming them in His name is welcoming Him and welcoming the One who sent Jesus, who is God the Father. When you want to be the greatest or the “first” you have to be the “very last, and the servant of all.” And the ‘lowest’ of all are these children.

2) Casting out Demons

“Teacher,” said John, “we saw a man driving out demons in Your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”

“Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us.”

– Mark 9:39-40

The disciples here are trying to stop some dude casting out demons because “he was not one of us.” I think this is helping us understand the heart of the disciples. The key reason is because that person is not of them. I think it alludes to the disciples thinking they have some sort of status because they’re “The Twelve Special Disciples that Jesus has chosen.” I think they’ve begun to forget that they’re not the special ones but instead they’re chosen by The Special One.

3) Cup of Water

“I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name
because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward.”

– Mark 9:41

Giving a cup of water isn’t really a hard task. Anyone can do it. It’s not a glorious, strenuous or impressive task. But Jesus says that if they do that ‘small task’ for His people “will certainly not lose his reward.” Which is an insane thing to say. If you’re looking by an employment job standard, this makes no sense, you’re securing someone eternal life because you’ve seen them give a cup of water to someone. It’s a bit insane. Jesus is absolutely honing down on the disciples false understanding of their ‘status’ and smashing it to bits.


Application

 The disciples have been rebuked by Jesus in these 3 different situations:

Children | the lowest/least of society
Casting out Demons | not part of the #ExclusiveJesusDiscipleGroup
Cup of Water | the simplest and easiest task

Tying them all together is doing them “in Jesus name,” because it’s Jesus’ name that causes you to:

  • Welcome children – the least in society
  • Drive out demons – because Jesus’ name has power not the special disciple group
  • Give cups of water – because you’re serving those who belong to Jesus Jesus’ name turns society on it’s head regardless of how ‘great’ you are, what your ‘status’ is or how ‘simple’ your task is.

The ways that I want to begin applying these truths into my life is to:

Welcome the least | I struggle to welcome those who are elitists and those who persecute the church openly. Will I love and welcome those who I see to be the “least in society” in Jesus name?

Not take status in belonging to Jesus | I cannot take any societal status for being a Christian, for working in ministry, or being in a particular denomination/having a certain theological belief. Will I unify and love those in the church who I see as having a “lesser status than me” in Jesus name?

Take tasks big and small for Jesus | It matters not how ‘big’ or how ‘small’ the task I’m doing for the Jesus is. I want to do everything all in the name of Jesus for His glory not myself. Will I strive to bless and support those who belong to Jesus financially, prayerfully and lovingly in Jesus name?


For there most definitely is power in the name of Jesus. A power that turns society and our pride upside down. Let us look to our Saviour who was the Last and Servant of All.

“If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

– Mark 9:35

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The Greatest Servant

Hey homies I read Mark 9:33-35 today. Found it a really convicting read! A solid 3 verses!

It opens with Jesus and His disciples arriving at Capernaum and Jesus asks them “What were you arguing about on the road?” but they all stay silent because they were arguing about who was the greatest. They all want to be the greatest but they don’t want to fess up to it but Jesus knows their hearts and Jesus cares to sow into them. Jesus replies to them with this :

“If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

– Mark 9:35

What a slap in the face it must have been to the disciples! Like OH DANG, Jesus knows what we were talking and arguing about and now He’s rebuking us, awww mannn. What do you mean the greatest has to be the servant of all and the very last? :( The craziest thing is though, I’m pretty sure Jesus is actually talking about Himself here because just a few verses ago He was saying :

“The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men.
They will kill Him,
and after three days He will rise.”

– Mark 9:31

Jesus upon the cross was the servant of all. He became the absolute very last as He was scorned, beaten, mocked, shamed and ultimately crucified. He died for all of mankind, to be their servant, dying in their place means that He ended up in dead last. (Pun absolutely not intentional ;P)

But this is EXACTLY the reason why Jesus then becomes the first. Jesus because He was the last becomes the first. Jesus is the first and the last. As He rose again and ascended to sit at the right hand of God he became the GREATEST that the disciples were arguing over.

I wrote a random poem at the end as I was thinking about how insanely logic defying what Jesus did on the cross for mankind.


Everyone wants to be the greatest but they don’t realise the cost
They don’t realise that Jesus is the greatest because He goes to the cross
You can see the significance of it all
As you see that which He lost

Relation with the Father, broken as the Father’s face turned away
On the cross did He hang because love drove Him to stay
So that the world would all hear, so they would know and believe
That Jesus alone is the Life, Truth and the Way


“If anyone wants to be first, He must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

– Mark 9:35