Despite their closeness to Jesus the disciples had a hard time seeing the kingdom of God as he portrayed it. In this week’s gospel he speaks to them again about his coming death. But they are preoccupied with a different topic. They have been arguing about which one of them is really the greatest. Their discussion seems ridiculous, especially given what Jesus is facing. To help them see the kingdom of God from a new perspective, he points to a small child, vulnerable and weak. If you want to understand greatness in God’s terms, he says, look no further. The text for Jonathan’s sermon, “Top to Bottom,” is Mark 9:30-37.
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