Future Worship at the East.
Jesus teaches his disciples about his death and resurrection, but they do not understand. They argue about who is the greatest, but Jesus says that the greatest is one who is servant of all, and he encourages them to be humble and childlike.
When the disciples see someone casting out demons in Jesus’ name, Jesus says, ‘ Whoever is not against us is for us.’ He warns his disciples not to put any stumbling block in the way of those who believe in him.
Some Pharisees test Jesus by asking about divorce. In response, Jesus honours the ideal of marriage and the equality of both partners. When the disciples try to stop people bringing children to Jesus, he says that the kingdom of God involves childlike acceptance.
A rich man asks Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus challenges him to sell his possessions and give the money to the poor. Jesus says that it is hard for rich people
to enter the kingdom, and that following him involves sacrifice.
Jesus reprimands two of his closest disciples for letting their ambitions be tainted by the example of earthly rulers. He says to all the disciples that they will achieve true greatness only by their service to others.
Mark 10.46-52A blind beggar persistently calls out to Jesus, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Jesus tells him that his faith has made him well. Immediately, the man is able to see again, and becomes a follower of Jesus.
A scribe commends Jesus’ choice of the two greatest commandments from the teaching of Moses, and Jesus tells the scribe he is not far from the kingdom of God.
Jesus is critical of the greed he sees in Jerusalem and its Temple, contrasting the large donations made by rich people with the tiny, but proportionally much greater, amount given by a poor widow.
Mark 13.1-8In response to a disciple’s admiration of the Temple, Jesus predicts its complete destruction.
He warns his followers against the attractions of leaders who make empty promises.
Jesus’ conversation with Pilate brings the representatives of earthly and heavenly rule face to face. They use the same words about kingship, but mean very different things.