Have y’all read Alice in Wonderland or seen the movie? (hold up the book) What happens in it? That’s right! This little girl probably not much older than y’all falls down a rabbit hole into a world where everything is backwards! The teacups are too large, the doors too small, cats talk in riddles and caterpillars are the teachers! In it Alice says, “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn’t be, and what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?”
What would life be like if we lived in a world where everything was backwards? Yes! Everything would be strange! Bad singers would be who we call great, though that happens now anyway, those who are poor would be rich and those who had the least paying jobs would be as famous as celebrities!
In the passage today, Pastor Jan will be talking about a time when Jesus is asked by a mom to make her sons royal, like Jesus. People don’t yet understand that Jesus is a special kind of king with a kingdom where things are backwards! Then he says, “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—“ Wait, a servant will be the most important? That doesn’t seem right does it?!
In the gospel, Jesus calls us to thing that in our minds are very backwards from the world we live in. Greatness is found with the meek, and the humble, and the poor. But by serving in God’s Kingdom we get to be part of a story where everything, yes, looks backwards, but shows the most love to everyone around us, and to God! We get to be part of a story of Greatness!
Thank you for letting us be part of such an interesting story. Help us to understand that the way we think may not always be the way you want us to think. Help us to serve you first, and all of creation for your glory, rather than our own.
We pray all these things in your royal servant Son’s name, Amen