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Four powerful words of Jesus

By Jeremy Blevins/Pastor, Richmond United Methodist Church

“Jesus called them together and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’” – Matthew 20:25-28

“”Jesus called them together and said, ‘You know that 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, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of 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.” –Mark 10:42-45

If you think you are seeing double, you are mostly right. Although the above sets of verses from the New Testament gospels of Matthew and Mark are not identical, they are very close to expressing the same truth. The most conspicuous Gentiles in Roman-occupied Judea in that day were the Romans themselves.

The complete story is in the Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 Richmond News.

 

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