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“He said to them, ‘The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.’ But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.” ~ Mark 9:31,32


Jesus predicted his death again. This time it was to a group of his followers. He told them very specifically the details about his arrest and death, and that he would rise again after three days.

The disciples’ reaction must have made him sad. Not only did they not understand what he was trying to tell them, but they were afraid to ask him. They had collectively given into a spirit of fear.

It’s very interesting what Jesus did next. He told them about how in the kingdom of God the last will become first, but then he gave a concrete example of this. He brought a child up and had him sit in Jesus’ lap. He used the child as an illustration because children were of very low status in Hebrew culture. But there was something else at play.


I am reminded of the famous picture of Kennedy sitting in the Oval Office, talking on the phone, while his kids played on the floor. This is the image I get from Jesus example. Rather than approaching him with fear when we need something, we can approach him as children of the King. We can respect his role as Lord while still having the carefree boldness of one of his children.

Next time you are confused about a matter of faith, or if you have a request to make of God, there is no need to have a spirit of fear. Do not be afraid to approach his throne with the boldness of a child of the King. Because that is exactly what you are.

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