21"What is it you want?" he asked. She said, "Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom."
22"You don't know what you are asking," Jesus said to them. "Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?" "We can," they answered.
23Jesus said to them, "You will indeed drink from my cup, 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 by my Father."
24When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers.
25Jesus called them together and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.
26Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,
27and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—
28just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
1. IT’S HARDER THAN IT SOUNDS
Jesus replies that they do not know what they are asking when they want the exalted position of top thrones. Can they drink the cup that he will drink?
2. HIGH POSITION IS GIVEN BY GOD
The disciples were called to follow Jesus without a guarantee of getting thrones. True following was not about getting a good job. It was not about being in charge and telling others what to do.
3. LOVE IS THE ONLY REASON TO WORK HERE
Everywhere you look there are powerful people who have control over others. There are many who have an entourage where each member knows who the boss is. The history of the world is littered with examples of mighty men who have fallen from these lofty heights.