Mark 9:30 They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were, 31 because he was teaching his disciples. 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.” 32 But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.
33 They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” 34 But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.
35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
36 He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”
As I post this morning, the election results are on the news. It's Wednesday morning after the Tuesday Voting Day 2022. I'm in Arizona! I've seen ads about these people that are not nice at all. We're a swing state, and if Jesus wanted to start a demon chasing company, this is the place for it! They have been anything but professional. You would think the people, all the people, both parties, were run by Satan himself. You would think if one of the candidates gets in, the world will be forced to swallow fentanyl brought in by an invading army. AND if one of the candidates win, Arizona will succeed from the Union and abortion clinics will be razed. It's been a rough campaign to be an old, retired woman who loves to watch westerns and 70's comedy. I've seen some of the worst ads I've witnessed in my 72 years.
Which led me to remember, Israel was not a democracy. Herod was appointed, not elected. People who would say horrible things about Herod would wind up on Herod's chopping block or on a Roman Cross as a warning not to mess with Rome.
If Jesus wanted to be President.... He would have won the popular vote hands down. Everywhere He went He had a huge following. He drew crowds in the thousands before stadiums would hold thousands. He made the Pharisees, Sadducees, Elders, Priests, and Teachers angry because He knew their jobs better than they did, and the people adored Him. Whenever He was in town, the number of sacrifices went down.
The disciples knew that Jesus was sure He was going to be stuck on a Cross. The disciples didn't want to go back to fishing, shepherding, or collecting taxes. They liked the evangelical events. They never knew what was going to happen next. Jesus was always pulling someone back from the brink, or past the brink in a couple of events.
If Jesus was going to be hung on a Cross, they would need a new leader. Jesus had to appoint someone to take His place. That's how they did things. Israel was not a democracy. The disciples were confused. Jesus was running a really successful Mission. He's the one who kept talking about His own demise on the Cross. He had to have a plan B. He had to have an appointed successor.
"Wait, did He just say He'd be back three days later? What? Jesus intended to come back from the Roman Cross? Someone better talk to Him and get Him to pick a replacement!" said the disciples. "No one survives the Roman Cross."
AND Jesus said.... "The least likely" and they had no clue who He meant.
Question of the day was.... "Who will replace you?"