The First Must be Last

Rev. Felicity O’Brien Sermon for St Andrew’s Plimmerton, Thursday September 27 2012, (all rights reserved.)

Mark 9:30-37

Can you imagine walking along with Jesus, and he starts telling you about being betrayed, and dying, and coming back to life. Wouldn’t you be intrigued? Horrified maybe? Captivated? He had already been transfigured while some of them watched, and they had heard God speak out from the cloud. There are several episodes like this in Mark’s Gospel, of Jesus announcing who he is, and the disciples failing to understand.

Here he was teaching them some really serious things about what was going to happen to him. But they weren’t even listening. From our perspective they seem so slow, sometimes I want to shake them and say, wake up! Don’t you see? Continue reading