One on His right hand and one on His left

Our sermon yesterday was based on the text about James and John asking to sit at Christ’s right hand and His left when He comes into His glory (Mark 10:36-38). This angered the other disciples, but, interestingly, Jesus did not rebuke them. He wants us to ask boldly. James and John didn’t know what they were asking for, really, since they did not then understand the way of the Cross. But they were given distinct blessings: James was the first of the Disciples to be martyred, and John was the last of the Disciples to die. But the two who actually were at Christ’s right hand and His left when He came into His glory were the two thieves who were crucified with him, “one on his right and one on his left” (Mark 15:27).

Then, exploring the end of the text, in which Christ says greatness and authority lies in servanthood, Pastor Douthwaite brought it all around to vocation:

And where does this all lead? To heaven . . . yes, in the end. But not yet. For now, we live in the vomit of sin. No longer our own sin – for Jesus lifts us up and cleanses us and restores us with His life and forgiveness! Now, it is our neighbor’s. That we go to Him as Christ has come to us. That we serve Him as Christ has served us. That we forgive Him as Christ has forgiven us. That we love Him as Christ has loved us. And you are never more glorious than when you do. For when you do, Christ is living in you, and through you.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/fws fws

    wow. I never looked at things exactly like that. we don´t even get to wallow in our own sins or focus too much on them. we focus out, and on the sins of our neighbor, but not to condemn but to serve them and bind their wounds. to be very forgiving. "It is very forgiving." that phase should be how others view our friendships with them.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/fws fws

    wow. I never looked at things exactly like that. we don´t even get to wallow in our own sins or focus too much on them. we focus out, and on the sins of our neighbor, but not to condemn but to serve them and bind their wounds. to be very forgiving. "It is very forgiving." that phase should be how others view our friendships with them.

  • http://lionswardrobe.blogspot.com Eric R.

    That's exactly the same move I made in the sermon I delivered yesterday. I'd never heard anybody say it before, either in sermons or commentaries. My writing this sermon was aided by the fact that I participated in the 30-Hour Famine with our high school youth, and what better way to exemplify sharing in Christ's suffering than by starving yourself to raise money so that others can eat?

  • http://lionswardrobe.blogspot.com Eric R.

    That's exactly the same move I made in the sermon I delivered yesterday. I'd never heard anybody say it before, either in sermons or commentaries. My writing this sermon was aided by the fact that I participated in the 30-Hour Famine with our high school youth, and what better way to exemplify sharing in Christ's suffering than by starving yourself to raise money so that others can eat?


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