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   The Humility of the King   Mark 9:30-37
They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were,
because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, "The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise."
But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.
They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, "What were you arguing about on the road?"
But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.
Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all."
He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them,
"Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me."
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. NIV ®. COPYRIGHT ⓒ 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
Humility and Steadfastness (9:30–32)
In this passage, Jesus demonstrates His steadfastness, and more importantly, His humility. Jesus knows that in the end He will rise in three days, victorious, but He also knows what He will have to go through to accomplish His mission. He knows that He will be betrayed and will have to endure brutal torture, mocking, and suffering at the hands of those whom He created, as well as endure the agony of crucifixion, separation from God, and death. It is because He is humble that He is able to be obedient and steadfast through all that He endures. Jesus is not after His own glory but the glory of the Father. Jesus’ willingness to humble Himself allows Him to focus on completing His mission: living the life we should have lived and dying the death we should have died.

As our High Priest, Jesus understands that we are not always steadfast in our faith and convictions. Instead of running away, run to Him, for He will not hesitate to show His grace to us.

Humility and Compassion (9:33–37)
Jesus’ entire life is marked by radical humility. Although He is God and He has all the power, He does not abuse it, nor does He mistreat those who follow Him. Instead of seeking and securing a high position, He loves and cares for the weak and marginalized of society: the widows, the women, and especially the orphans and children. The disciples think that being with Jesus will make them special and give them a better reputation amongst others. Jesus reminds them, however, that the kingdom of God and the Gospel are not marked by high positions, status or material possessions, but by compassion towards the least of all.

Do you have any relationships or interactions with the marginalized of society? It is important that we do not ignore their cries and that we help make their voices heard.
Father, thank you for reminding me that true greatness is not about the positions I hold or the things I have. May I not be enticed by the world, but be enamored by the Gospel. Please help me to be humble and have compassion towards others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.