As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the Twelve aside by themselves on the road. He told them, “Look, we are going up to Jerusalem. The Human One will be handed over to the chief priests and legal experts. They will condemn him to death. They will hand him over to the Gentiles to be ridiculed, tortured, and crucified. But he will be raised on the third day.” Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus along with her sons. Bowing before him, she asked a favor of him. “What do you want?” he asked. She responded, “Say that these two sons of mine will sit, one on your right hand and one on your left, in your kingdom.” Jesus replied, “You don’t know what you’re asking! Can you drink from the cup that I’m about to drink from?” They said to him, “We can.” He said to them, “You will drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left hand isn’t mine to give. It belongs to those for whom my Father prepared it.” Now when the other ten disciples heard about this, they became angry with the two brothers. But Jesus called them over and said, “You know that those who rule the Gentiles show off their authority over them and their high-ranking officials order them around. But that’s not the way it will be with you. Whoever wants to be great among you will be your servant. Whoever wants to be first among you will be your slave— just as the Human One didn’t come to be served but rather to serve and to give his life to liberate many people.” (Matthew 20:17-28, CEB)
I love how the text says this, “Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons” She isn’t even named and this is probably a good thing. She asked for her sons to sit at the right and left of Jesus in the fulfillment of the kingdom.
Well now she probably didn’t know the seating arrangements in heaven and so didn’t know one of those seats is already taken.
We confess each week that Jesus ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God. So if Jesus is sitting to the right of the Father, who is at the left side of Jesus?
So which one of the sons is taking the Father’s seat?
We really need to think things through before we say them out loud…
Know you are loved, but also know your place.
Loving People. Loving God.