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SERIES: Jesus, Son of God: Headlines from Mark

TOPIC: Jesus Serves and Suffers

TEXT: Mark 10:32-45


  • In verse 37, James and John asked Jesus, “Allow us to sit at your right and at your left in your glory.” Explain Jesus’ answer.
  • When Jesus described what would be happening in the coming days (verses 33-34), it was like they didn’t hear or didn’t understand what He was saying. How did James and John respond (verse 35)?


  •  In verse 35, James and John had a pretty bold “ask” of Jesus, “Teacher, we want you to do whatever we ask you.” How are our requests sometimes similar in boldness and in selfishness?
  • In verse 42, Jesus seems to answer their questions with patience and kindness. What can we learn from the way He responsed?


  • When we really grasp the meaning, verses 43-45 can turn our worlds upside down,  “But it is not so among you. On the contrary, whoever wants to become great among you will be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you will be a slave to all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” These words are contrary to our human way of thinking. List some of the cultural tensions this phrase reveals.
  • “This is a radical teaching. A slave in the first century had no rights. They were simply property. They existed for the good of the master. But Jesus says to lead you must become like them.” (Gospel Coalition Commentary)
  • Talk about leaders you see who are willing to serve in order to lead.
  • How has this radical, “not so with you” teaching impacted the values of your life? 
  • What is God saying to you about how it needs to impact your life? How are we to be different?

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