Monday, June 29, 2009

Ruling with Jesus?

Most Christians believe that Jesus will return to rule the world. A couple of important apostles will set at this left and right hand. We expect to be further away from the throne, but we will be their ruling the world with Jesus. This is the vision of James and John.

Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. "Teacher," they said, "we want you to do for us whatever we ask."
"What do you want me to do for you?" he asked.
They replied, "Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory" (Mark 10:35-37).
Just as James and John were disappointed, Christians with the same hope will be disappointed.

Jesus kingdom is completely and totally different from the vision of James and John. Jesus made this very clear in his response to the disciples.
those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant… the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…" (Mark 10:42-45).
Christians who expect to rule with Jesus in the same manner as the rulers of the Gentiles will be disappointed.

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