Given 2000 years since Jesus, is there anything we could learn from Jamie Anderson’s picture of the church?
What others are saying
Mark 10:35–45 (my paraphrase):
One day, two disciples took Jesus aside and said, “Grant us a favour.” Jesus replied, “What would you like?” James and John said, “When you become king, we want the two chairs next to your throne—to be the most powerful next to you.” “You have no idea what you are asking,” Jesus answered. “Do you really want to be plunged into suffering and to drink the deadly experience by which I will become king?” “Sure” was their clueless response. “Well, you will drink it, and be submerged in it; but I cannot promise you the grandeur you want. Those chairs are reserved.”
When the ten heard about this power-grab by James and John, they were incensed! Jesus had to intervene and explain that what they were all doing is exactly what’s wrong with the world. “You know how those who think they run the world lord it over people and use their authority? You must not do that! To be great is to serve. To lead is to be everyone’s slave. Here’s what it means to be human: I’m not here to be served, but to serve; I put my life on the line to liberate the enslaved.”