It’s tempting to shake our heads in disbelief at the insensitive and childish behavior of Christ’s disciples: as Jesus spoke of suffering and servanthood, the disciples argued about status and jockeyed for positions of honor. Alistair Begg reminds us that we are not so different today, proudly seeking to exalt ourselves rather than offering ourselves in humble sacrifice. Like the disciples, though, we have been chosen by Jesus despite our imperfections, and He will never give up on us.
They Just Don't Get It, Do We?
In the final weeks of His life, Jesus set out for Jerusalem. Along the way, He began His most explicit teaching on the purpose of His ministry: to die on a cross and rise from the dead. The disciples could not comprehend the significance of His teaching because their concept of the Messiah did not include one who would die in shame, but a warrior who would lead them to triumph and glory. Jesus was focused on His pending suffering, death, and resurrection, but the disciples focused on their own importance. They just didn’t get it!
As Alistair Begg explains, we are more like the disciples than we care to admit. Many professing Christians trivialize the Gospel message by denying the reality of persecution, suffering, and eternal reward. Like the disciples, our pride often hinders our ability to understand the truth. Jesus makes it clear that to follow Him demands a radical shift in our thinking. His disciples just didn’t get it. Do we?