Why are you fighting?
Immediately after Jesus tells them (a second time) that he knows this mission of his will end in death (more than that, in new life), his disciples begin fighting over who’s the best. It sounds a like a parent talking to his children, the way Jesus handles the situation.
“What were you fighting about?” Jesus asks. “Nothing” seems to be the reply. So Jesus stops what he’s doing, sits down, and has a chat.
-Look this kingdom that I’ve started doesn’t work like the kingdom in this world, Jesus seems to say. It comes about by serving instead.
-You see this child, that’s what the kingdom is about.
A little while later Jesus notes “Whoever is not against us is for us.”
That’s a far cry from the world’s mentality of ‘if you’re not for us you’re against us.’ Jesus is all about including as many as possible. So why are you fighting?