Sharing in the Glory of Jesus
“And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him and said to him, “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?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 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 baptized?”” (Mark 10:35–38, ESV)
James and John had no idea what they were truly asking for. As Jesus and the disciples made their way for Jerusalem, they thought Jesus was going to take control and set up the kingdom of God once and for all. And like most people, they wanted to share in the power. They wanted Jesus’ guarantee that they could be his right and left hand men. Little did they know who would actually be on his left and right when he came into his “glory.”
Those specific positions were to be taken by condemned criminals who were crucified with him on his left and right. They thought they could drink that cup, thinking it was a golden chalice filled with some of the best wine when in reality it was filled with the wrath of God taken out upon sinful humanity.
Jesus warns them that their day would come where they would drink out of that cup but it would not be in the near future. In the near future it was going to be Jesus being poured out for all mankind. And later all the disciples would be poured out too, as they were persecuted and badgered everywhere they went as they spread the gospel.
We all have to remember to be careful what you wish for or for us Christians be careful what you pray for. always leave it in the hands of God and his will because he will be able to decide what is best for us more so than what we think we truly need.
God Bless, Pastor Todd