The greatest disciple
Mark 9:33 And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way?
Whose house in Capernum?
Mark 1:29 And forthwith, when they were come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.
Mark 9:34 But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.
As Jesus speaks of his death and resurrection, the disciples were tuned in to another station. Isn't that how so many are? They are seeking their own honor and position, while tuning out the most important message of all: Jesus' death and resurrection. At a recent funeral, all the talk was about how great the man was, but there was no mention of God or the way to heaven. We get our eyes on our own importance and spend our life seeking adoration and praise from man, and when death comes we expect to be honored by God? Get to honoring God now, Hear his Son, he has the way of salvation. It is about Jesus, not us.
Mark 8:38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
Mark 9:35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.
The greatest in the kingdom of God, are not those who wish to be admired, but those who are servants of all.
Mark 9:36 And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them,
Mark 9:37 Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.
Jesus is Lord of the little children and identifies with them.
Mat 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
What we do to innocent children, is as what we do to Jesus. Think of thisas having power and how we use it. Anyone is stronger than a child, but compared to this, God is infinately more powerful than we are. As we treat others, we shall be treated. We reap what we sow.
If we receive Jesus we receive the Father too. I believe that we are being watched and God is with us in His Spirit. Be his humble servant and seek his ways. His reward is eternal life sharing all things with Christ Jesus. How could we ever deserve that? Amazing grace.