Bible: Matthew 20:20-28

A Request for James and John

20:20 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling down she asked him for a favor. 1  20:21 He said to her, “What do you want?” She replied, 2 Permit 3  these two sons of mine to sit, one at your 4  right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” 20:22 Jesus 5  answered, “You don’t know what you are asking! 6  Are you able to drink the cup I am about to drink?” 7  They said to him, “We are able.” 8  20:23 He told them, “You will drink my cup, 9  but to sit at my right and at my left is not mine to give. Rather, it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”

20:24 Now 10  when the other ten 11  heard this, 12  they were angry with the two brothers. 20:25 But Jesus called them and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in high positions use their authority over them. 20:26 It must not be this way among you! Instead whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant, 20:27 and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave 13  20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom 14  for many.”

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