A Mother’s Request
20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him.
Salome was one of the women who stayed with Jesus at the cross, and later witnessed the empty tomb.
Do me a favour, she asks, not specifying. Jesus smartly does not say Yes, but what do you want?
Not a yes, not a no. A perhaps. They have passed the same hurdle. But they must submit to the Father’s will just as Jesus does.
They felt that James and John preempted them in asking for what all of them also wanted–and manipulated Jesus by bringing their mother into it.
25 Jesus 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. 26 Not 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—
Greatness comes in God’s eyes comes from serving. Those who can serve others will be great in the eyes of God.
And the one who serves the most is the greatest in God’s eyes.
An always challenging thought.
Lord, open my eyes to opportunities for service at home, first and foremost.
28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Just as Christ came to serve many, and to offer his life in their stead.
Christ paid the ransom of his own life to free us from the slavery to sin, and to release the Holy Spirit to help us lead better lives.
A servant was a hired worker, and a slave, one forced into service. These were two of the lowest position in Jewish society, yet Jesus says that true greatness in his kingdom belongs to those who can serve others.
This is a challenging statement for me, Lord, and I am far from understanding or living it. Lord, have mercy.