At the halfway point of the gospel of Mark we find the disciples making the declaration that Jesus is indeed the Messiah. The eighth chapter marks a transition in the gospel. The disciples acknowledge that Jesus is the Messiah but they cannot wrap their minds around how He is the Messiah. As Jesus begins to teach that He is a suffering Savior they resist His teaching. Though they resist Jesus lovingly and strongly rebukes and continues teaching and leading in preparation for the time when He will turn over the ministry of spreading the gospel to this group of faithful followers.
We live in a world that determines the greatness of a person by the number of people that serve them. However, D. L. Moody once said, “The measure of a man is not how many servants he has, but how many men he serves.” Moody’s words are a great summation of the message of the Gospel of Mark. Jesus shares the original version of this quote in Mark 10:45, setting the tone for His entire ministry and the lives of those who are His followers. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are here to serve not to be served with the intent of integrating the gospel into every area of our lives. The message of Mark 10:45 is that properly oriented hearts serve like our Savior, Jesus Christ.