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On the right and left of Jesus

As the disciples approached Jerusalem, they sensed the good thing they had going with Jesus was soon to end.  James and John seized the opportunity, for all they knew it may have been their last.  “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do us a favor.”  36 “What is your request?” he asked. 37 They replied, “When you sit on your glorious throne, we want to sit in places of honor next to you, one on your right and the other on your left” (Mk 10:35-37).  It’s a question I would ask.  Why not be an opportunist and get some beyond-life life insurance?  Jesus’ response was, ”I have no right to say who will sit on my right or my left. God has prepared those places for the ones he has chosen” (Mk 10:40).  Guys, I don’t have the power to make that call, that’s God’s privilege.Mention the word throne, and our minds are flooded with thoughts of power, privilege, pleasure, ease, and honour.   But the context is Christian, so yeah, sure, it would come at a cost.  And Jesus does say, “You don’t know what you are asking! Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of suffering I am about to drink? Are you able to be baptized with the baptism of suffering I must be baptized with?” (Mk 10:38)  Not a problem Jesus, count me in, I can take it.  James and John said the same thing,“Oh yes,” they replied, “we are able!” (Mk 10:39) Like the disciples we think the throne is celestial with countless angels in joyful assembly (Heb 12:22).  Jesus’ double question, Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of suffering I am about to drink? Are you able to be baptized with the baptism of suffering I must be baptized with? Coupled with “You don’t know what you are asking!” should indicate to us that to be enthroned with Jesus is not to be taken lightly; it’s a warning. The throne is not of a way point, but a destination.  God did indeed appoint two men to sit at Jesus’ right and left.  Sitting, well sort  of, if sitting is legs bent at an awkward angle attempting to support an exhausted body from lapsing into suffocation.  Mark writes, “Two revolutionaries were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left” (Mk 15:27).  An earthly throne, but also a heavenly throne; the juncture between humanity and God.  Are you prepared to be enthroned with Jesus?   It’s the cross in our lives; its earthy, dark, and costly but it’s the point of profound connection with God.  As much as the cross it is a destination, we live in hope because following the cross comes resurrection.

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