1. The path to true greatness runs through Christ-magnifying suffering

“this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. 24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it…” – Acts 2:23-24

In the OT, a “cup” usually symbolizes something allotted by God. It can signify joy and prosperity (Pss 16:5; 23:5; 116:13), but more frequently it signifies God’s judgment and wrath. In the response of Jesus to James and John it conveys the sense that Jesus’ impending suffering and death (10:33–34) are ordained and willed by God. In going to Jerusalem Jesus is not simply electing a course of action but fulfilling a role assigned to him. Context attributes a similar sense to “baptism” as to “cup,” although this is the first instance of “baptism” being used metaphorically of suffering in our literature. “Baptism” expresses Jesus’ solidarity with sinners and his willingness to bear their judgment before God. – Edwards

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. – Galatians 2:20-21

2. The path to true greatness runs through Christ-imitating servanthood.

Chris Daukas

Chris grew up with a loving family and in a moral home, but despite his upbringing, he was a sinner in need of grace. In his sophomore year of college, Chris yielded his life to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. He began to devour the Word and was soon helping to lead bible studies, outreaches, and worship at church. He married his beautiful wife, Tara, in the summer of 2000.

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