Jesus has just finished squashing an argument among his disciples over which individual was greatest in their group. Now John comes to him wanting reassurance that at least their group is greater than other groups, and Jesus shuts him down again. The message is clear, disciples: there is no room for a superiority complex in the family of God. No individual is greater than another, and no group is greater than another. No player is bigger than their team, and no team is bigger than the game.
Three life-changing trajectories are revealed in today’s story: first, the disciples’ continued trajectory of selfish ambition; second, the opposite trajectory of the Lord’s compassion; and third, the trajectory of Jesus as He sets His face to make the journey to Jerusalem to lay His life down for you and me.
Let’s take a closer look at these three trajectories: