Twice on the way up to Jerusalem this final time, Jesus takes The Twelve aside and speaks to them about His approaching death and resurrection. They found it all hard to take in. Don’t be dismayed when you too find things hard to take in! Verse 45 is a good one to memorize.
“Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.”
With these words James and John show just how little they had taken on board of Jesus’ teaching about humility.
Only back in chapter 9 we read that all the disciples were arguing about who is the greatest. Jesus, who knew what was to come in our passage today, cracks open the door with, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”
And in this passage today, He lovingly (because James and John are just like us, we need to hear God’s word to us every day) layers over with them, “But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.”
Because Jesus came to serve. He came to give His life as a ransom for many.
* Father God,
Thank You that Jesus came to serve, to save us.
Please help us to be servant-hearted people.