Lessons for Life
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James 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.
Teaches about Serving Others
"Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to
him. 'Teacher,' they said, 'we want you to do for
us whatever we ask.'
'What do you want me to do for you?' he
They replied, 'Let one of us sit at your right
and the other at your left in your
'You don't know what you are asking,' Jesus
said. 'Can you drink the cup I drink or be
baptized with the baptism I am baptized
'We can,' they answered.
- Jesus said to them,
'You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized
with the baptism I am baptized with,
but to sit at my right or left is not for me to
grant. These places belong to those for whom
they have been prepared.'
When the ten heard about this, they became
indignant with James and John.
Jesus called them together and said, 'You know
that those who are regarded as rulers of the
Gentiles lord it over them, and their high
officials exercise authority over
Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to
become great among you must be your servant,
and whoever wants to be first must be slave of
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served,
but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for
is the Word of the Lord ... It is meant to
change the way that we think, and the way that
by Bob Pardue
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 conquer Rome.
- 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 sins.
- 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.
- 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
- We complain about the
little things and stop focusing on the important
- 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
- The next time we pray,
instead of just asking for something we think
that we want, why not ask God to speak to us and
ask how He would like for us to
Love in Christ
If you have never made the
commitment to receive the love and life-changing
experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to
Read another passage from
Speaks to the Rich Young Man
Verses showing what Jesus says about serving other
people are from Life Application Study Bible:
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