Gnade, Barmherzigkeit, Friede von Gott, unserm Vater, und unserm Herrn Jesu Christo.

Die text von heute ist:

Markus 9:32 Sie aber vernahmen das Wort nicht und fürchteten sich, ihn zu fragen.

Mark 9:32 But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to ask him.

What do you talk about, when you are afraid to ask? You talk about things which are unimportant. This is the plague of our age, we hear lots and lots about nothing, nothing important, its as though we took seriously the advice about polite dinner conversation, avoid religion and politics - and applied it to all of life - consider the news today, everyone seems to be in a tizzy because a late night talk show host is too close to the governor elect of California - seems someone isn't observing one rule of political correctness. In such a climate, its no wonder we don't hear much about what the government is doing, or the real issues behind the 10 commandments in public places. What can we talk about? Celebrities and the weather.

While I'd like to pretend its something new - it isn't - when you get right down to it that's just about what happened in our text - the disciples, afraid to ask about something that was really important - begin to talk about celebrity, and the question - who's the greatest. It wasn't an abstract discussion about other people, it was which one of them was the greatest - who was closest to Jesus. Problem was, at this moment, none of them were close, because none had the courage to admit they didn't understand, none of them could ask, what did it mean. And to settle them down, he brought a child into their midst, as though the child was greater than any one of them - why? Because children are not afraid to admit they don't know, they are not afraid to ask - what does this mean?

So let us ask the question, what does this mean? And while we could talk about our lack of understanding, the shallowness of our faith, the trivialities of life, and other things which could be politically correct - let us instead ask the question - what was it that the disciples were afraid to ask, lets ask that question - because that is the important question. What does this mean? Mark 9:31 "The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise."

Why is Jesus going to suffer, die and rise? What does this mean? That was the question they should have asked - it was the question any child would ask - and the answer, is not only important, but itís the heart of the gospel. It reminds us why we need a Savior, and what our Savior has done for us.

Why do we need a Savior? Because we are poor miserable sinners. How do we know this? By looking at the 10 commandments, we see we have not kept them. We see that we have lived as enemies of God. We have not lived by faith, we have not used God's gifts to his glory, we deserve his wrath, punishment and condemnation.

And yet, while we were enemies of God, before we had done anything good, God sent his Son to be our Savior. God sent His Son to suffer and die for our sins, so that we might have forgiveness, peace and everlasting life. Jesus died for us, and then rose from death, rose having conquered sin death and even the devil. Jesus rose from death, and gives us the victory. That's what Jesus wanted the disciples to understand, that's what he wanted them to be talking about - something so simple, and child would ask, so simple, any child could understand.