The Disciples Argue; Learning Under Jesus

Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative to present Jesus in the context he walked in with the unknown disciple that narrates introducing my thoughts and sparking more ideas with his questions. Enjoy.

We were all resting, and I saw James and John’s mother walk over to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him.

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.”

You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them, looking into their eyes. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?

“We can,” they answered.

Jesus 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.

Did I hear that right? They had their mom ask Jesus for a promotion. I went and told the others, and we cornered them.

John said, “We were with him longer than you.”

Peter cut in, “Hold on, we’ve been with him the same amount of time. If anyone, it should be my brother Andrew. He was there from the start with John the Baptist.”

The arguing continued until Jesus raised his voice.

Jesus called us over and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 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.

Matthew 20:20-28

Mark 10:35-45

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