Anyone who has dedicated his or her life to the service of the Lord is a priest who has emulated the ministry of Jesus. Those who have committed their lives to the service and glory of the Lord have the assurance of salvation and God's continued and unending presence.
John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, served the Lord his entire adult life. At times he was criticized, often he was persecuted, but he continued to proclaim the message of salvation. On March 2, 1791, he died in his home on City Road. His last words were, "The best of all is, God is with us!"
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Oscar Wilde penned a powerful story about behaviors and definitions and justice called The Picture of Dorian Gray. Dorian was a handsome young man, a model of physical beauty and moral virtue. People complimented him on his good graces. Parents pointed to him as an example to their youth. One artist even painted an exquisite portrait of him.
"Have you seen it?" whispered the Barbie doll to her next door neighbour.
The next Barbie doll in line was instantly alert. There were five different Barbie dolls, who lived jumbled together in the toy cupboard but who were so jealous of each other that they rarely spoke. "Seen what?" asked the second Barbie doll, blue eyes darting all round the room.
"The Princess," replied the first Barbie with glee. "Caitlin's done her hair and it looks terrible!"
These verses from Mark's gospel are a call to commitment, a call to sacrifice, and a call to give up everything of earthly value in life. To say these are difficult verses is truly an understatement. It is pretty clear that the disciples are not at all ready for what Jesus is saying. They are not ready for Jesus to die and they certainly are not ready to die themselves.