First you have the remarkable and mysterious Transfiguration, where Moses (possibly representing the Law) and Elijah (the prophets) are seen living and yet ultimately superseded by the glory of Jesus. This is followed, for the second time in Mark, by the thundering voice of God, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”
Next we see the disciples’ limp efforts to cast out a demon, and the contrast as Jesus displays his mastery over the powers of darkness.
And then we have the disciples squabbling for position in the kingdom of God (as if any of them could think they deserved it after what had just happened!), and Jesus coming up with one of the key themes of Mark – “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all” (v35).
In a world where greatness is measured often by wealth or title or power, Jesus defines greatness in servanthood and sacrifice.
He must increase, I must decrease. It’s a powerful challenge as I enter my day today.
What do you think?