January 29, Reading 3 – Matthew 20:17-34


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SAA Notes

Jesus taught his disciples clearly about His approaching death and resurrection. Jesus faced His own death with faith! He had to believe the prophets! As the incident with James and John shows, the disciples took a long time to understand. Take heart if you’re slow to understand.

SJA Notes

Who wants greatness?

It’s an interesting question that is, in a way, answered by what Jesus offers up here in this passage.

Wanting greatness in the kingdom of God is an upside-down inside-out topsy-turvy mindset.

The humble servant is great in the kingdom.

The last are first in the kingdom.

The poor in spirit are rich in the kingdom.

This is not the same framework as would usually be in people’s minds when asked the question – Do you long for greatness?

We think of fame and fortune, of basking in people’s adulation, of conquering an industry or a world-wide problem or even a nation or two.

That’s not the greatness of the kingdom. It’s not even on the same plane of understanding.

Jesus is the epitome and example of real kingdom greatness. He came to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

* Dear Lord,

Please help us to walk in obedience under Your will, even when we are still wrestling with it.

We do not find it easy to seek kingdom greatness, it seems much easier to go for the world’s greatness.

But thank You Lord for Your Spirit that works within us. For Your word that exhorts us, teaches us, chastens us. And thank You for Jesus, our King and Saviour.


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