about Serving Others
Bible Study Lesson from
and John decided to ask Jesus
for a great favor.
Part of this favor was
granted and the other part was not.
They wanted to rule alongside
of Christ when He "overthrew" the Roman government
but this was not in Jesus' plan.
His plan was to serve,
to suffer and die for our sins.
James and John, the
two sons of Zebedee, *came up to Jesus, saying,
Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever
we ask of You.
And He said to them,
What do you want Me to do for you?
They said to Him,
Grant that we may sit, one on Your right
and one on Your left, in Your glory.
But Jesus said to them,
You do not know what you are asking. Are
you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be
baptized with the baptism with which I am
They said to Him, We
And Jesus said to them,
The cup that I drink you shall drink; and
you shall be baptized with the baptism with
which I am baptized.
But to sit on My right or
on My left, this is not Mine to give; but it is
for those for whom it has been
Hearing this, the ten
began to feel indignant with James and John.
Calling them to Himself,
Jesus said to them, You know that those
who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles
lord it over them; and their great men exercise
authority over them.
But it is not this way
among you, but whoever wishes to become great
among you shall be your servant; and whoever
wishes to be first among you shall be slave of
For even the Son of Man
did not come to be served, but to serve, and to
give His life a ransom for many. -
Talks about Serving Each Other
James and John thought (like
the other disciples) that Jesus was going to
establish a kingdom here on earth and rule -- to
They wanted very much to be
among those who ruled in this new
Jesus knew that His kingdom
would be in heaven, not of this earth, and that He
would have to die (pay the ransom) for our
What You Ask For!
He granted James and John the
request they made to "drink from the cup" . Both
disciples did suffer immensely for the sake of
Jesus after His resurrection.
But, as for sitting in a
place of honor beside Jesus and ruling with Him,
this was not granted.
Servants Will Prevail
Jesus explained that in order
to reach high places in His kingdom, they would
have to serve others.
We often ask God for things
we want to happen in our lives and offer to follow
and serve, yet become discouraged when it doesn't
go quite the way we thought it would.
We complain about the little
things and stop focusing on the important
To Lead as
Christians - We Must Follow
Our glory will not be by our
physical or monetary accomplishments on earth but
in how well we follow Christ's teachings of serving
and loving others.
Jesus gave only two
and Love Each Other."
One of the best ways to carry
out these commandments is to serve
The next time we pray,
instead of just asking for something that we think
we want, why not ask God to speak to us and ask how
& where He would like for us to
Love in Christ
If you would like to learn
more about how to receive the love and
life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please
take a moment to go
Read Today's Verses
American Standard Bible
King James Version
Verses showing what Jesus says about serving other
people are from New American Standard Bible &
New King James Version - Lessons from Life
Application Study Bible: NIV - Passage above
credited to Lockman