“It is not about power” Mark 10:35-45

And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.”

Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” And they said to him, “We are able.” And 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, but 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.”

And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  

The sermon is temporarily unavailable at the request of a brother in Christ, who was concerned that it may be understood in a wrong way. 


3 responses to ““It is not about power” Mark 10:35-45

  1. Guntars, great work as usual. May the Lord continue to bless you, your ministry and the people who hear.

    I particularly liked this paragraph:

    Whatever they did, – promotion of sexual revolution and promiscuity, promotion of abortion, ridiculing faithfulness and chastity, sowing disdain and contempt against the institution of marriage, and especially against the wonderful callings of mothers and wives, all of this was done in the name of … justice, of equality of both sexes, in the name of empowerment of women.

    I agree with what you’ve said but I also put some of the blame on Hugh Hefner and the Playboy evil empire.
    I witnessed personally what happened to my father and his relationship with my mother as it all went to hell. I didn’t know what was happening at the time and 20/20 hindsight is not a very useful tool.

    Keep the Faith!
    regards and Blessings
    Neville Breitkreutz

    • Dear Neville, thanks for your comments re Hugh Hefner, I agree, spot on. The information that I provided in the sermon was limited, as the time allotted was limited. I think it is so important that we learn to see the world through the Word, so that we can discern what is good and acceptable and pleasing to our Lord. Richest blessings to you as well! In Christ, Guntars

  2. Dear Guntars,

    Greetings from my sister’s home in Mildura where I’m taking the services at Holy Trinity for three Sundays. And a big thank you for your timely sermon regarding James and John and the quest for power.

    God bless you and your family, and special greetings also to Jana.

    Yours in Christian love,

    Greg Lockwood

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