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