The setting for the third announcement is on the road, going up to Jerusalem. This announcement is the most detailed of the three that Jesus gives in the second major section of Mark. It includes eight future-tense verbs describing what awaits Jesus in Jerusalem (10:32-34). James and John misunderstand and ask for places of honor in his coming kingdom (10:35-40). The other disciples respond to them with indignation. Jesus responds by teaching that discipleship is to be understood in the paradox of "whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all" (10:43b-44). In Jesus they have the pattern of one who has come "not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many" (10:45).
32 They were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them; they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them what was to happen to him, 33saying, See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death; then they will hand him over to the Gentiles; 34they will mock him, and spit upon him, and flog him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise again.
35 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you. 36And he said to them, What is it you want me to do for you? 37And they said to him, Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory. 38But Jesus said to them, You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? 39They replied, We are able. Then Jesus said to them, The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; 40but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.
41 When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John.
42So Jesus called them and said to them, You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them.
43But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant,
44and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all.
45For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.
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10 February 2011