From a Creighton Student's Perspective
March 2, 2011
Freshman, Accounting and
Business Management Double Major
As we read this passage, we become annoyed at James and John for saying this right after Jesus says that he will be taken, tortured, and killed, but, before we judge them, lets look at our own lives. So often in life, we ignore or forget about God when things are good, but when things begin to go badly or when we want something, suddenly we need God. We often treat him like our own personal genie, there to grant our wishes, not to save us from our sins. So, we say, God, please, let my new co-workers like me or Please help me to get along with my family or even Please let me have that! We focus so much on the material things that we forget about the sacrifice that was made for us.
In todays reading, Jesus is getting ready to go to Jerusalem, where he knows he will be arrested, tortured, and killed. He even shares all of this with the disciples. You would think that their hearts would be breaking, that they would be sobbing and pleading with Jesus to stay with them for a little while longer. But once again the disciples prove themselves to be the slow bumbling group that they are. (I think that Jesus picked such a flawed group of men for a reasonwe can relate to them and see ourselves in them. And even though they had issues, they still did awesome things for God.) Instead of reacting with sorrow, James and John begin asking Jesus for things. Every time I read this, I think of how inappropriate they are acting here. But the truth is that we dont act any differently than they did. We often want to ignore the agonizing details of the pain Jesus went through for us, so we gloss over it and brush it aside by changing the subject, because to think about it is too hard. Well, it wasnt too hard for Jesus to do, so the least we can do is remember it and live our lives in the best way we know how. Yes, like the disciples, we are flawed, quick to judge, and slow to learn, but, also like the disciples, God has an awesome plan for us, and he will use us for his kingdom in amazing ways.
So, I will leave you with one of my favorite Bible verses.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged. For the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. -Joshua 1:9
I hope that it can remind us to stay strong in the Lord and to live every day for him.
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