Meditation on Power & Discipleship

Most importantly, the negative portrayal of the disciples [in Mark] leads the reader to a fundamental re-evaluation of power.  The juxtaposition of Jesus’ mighty works with the disciples’ incomprehension invites us to recognize that power is not self-attesting.  Those who know Jesus only as a worker of wonders do not understand him at all, for the secret of the kingdom of God is that Jesus must die as the crucified Messiah.

{source, p 76}

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2 responses to “Meditation on Power & Discipleship

  1. And one of the most striking examples of power and the kingdom comes to us at the beginning of John 13. After all authority had been given to him (v. 3), Jesus got up and began to wash the disciples feet (v. 4). For John, there is a direct correlation with these two events. There is a cause-effect. Jesus received all authority, and “SO” he go up and washed the disciples feet. Or in the NAS, “knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands … [he] got up from supper, and laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself.” Either way, it is BECAUSE of this new reality of authority that he got up and began to serve.

    As the saying goes, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” We actually see that when Jesus held absolute power, it resulted in service. The kingdom always looks like Jesus Christ dying on the cross for the very people who crucified him, coming up under the world and serving it.

  2. Aaron,

    Your Greg Boyd is showing 🙂

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