A Mother's Request

Matthew 20

20 l Then the mother of m Zebedee's sons came to Him with her sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him. 21 And He said to her, "What do you wish?" She said to Him, "Grant that these two sons of mine n may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on the left, in Your kingdom." 22 But Jesus answered and said, "You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink o the cup that I am about to drink, 1 and be baptized with p the baptism that I am baptized with?" They said to Him, "We are able." 23 So He said to them, q "You will indeed drink My cup, 2 and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared by My Father." 24 r And when the ten heard it, they were greatly displeased with the two brothers. 25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. 26 "Yet s it shall not be so among you; but t whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. 27 u "And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave - 28 v "just as the w Son of Man did not come to be served, x but to serve, and y to give His life a ransom z for many."

  1. Cross References
    Mark 10:35 - 45
    Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, "Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask.
  2. Cross References
    Matthew 4:21
    Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them.
    Matthew 10:2
    Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother.
  3. Cross References
    Matthew 19:28
    So Jesus said to them, "Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
  4. Cross References
    Isaiah 51:17
    Awake, awake! Stand up, O Jerusalem, You who ha...
    Isaiah 51:22
    Thus says your Lord, The LORD and your God, Who...
    Jeremiah 49:12
    For thus says the LORD: "Behold, those whose ju...
    Matthew 26:39
    He went a little farther and fell on His face, ...
    Matthew 26:42
    Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, ...
    Mark 14:36
    And He said, "Abba, Father, all things are poss...
    Luke 22:42
    Saying, "Father, if it is Your will, take this ...
    John 18:11
    So Jesus said to Peter, "Put your sword into th...
  5. Cross References
    Luke 12:50
    But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I am till it is accomplished!
  6. Cross References
    Acts 12:2
    Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword.
    Romans 8:17
    And if children, then heirs - heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
    2 Corinthians 1:7
    And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation.
    Revelation 1:9
    I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
  7. Cross References
    Mark 10:41
    And when the ten heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with James and John.
    Luke 22:24
    Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest.
    Luke 22:25
    And He said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called 'benefactors.
  8. Cross References
    1 Peter 5:3
    Nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
  9. Cross References
    Matthew 23:11
    But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.
    Mark 9:35
    And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, "If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.
    Mark 10:43
    Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant.
    Luke 22:26
    But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves.
  10. Cross References
    Matthew 18:4
    Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
  11. Cross References
    John 13:4
    Rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself.
  12. Cross References
    Matthew 26:28
    For this is My blood of the new covenant, which...
    John 13:13
    You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well,...
    2 Corinthians 8:9
    For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ...
    Philippians 2:6
    Who, being in the form of God, did not consider...
    Philippians 2:7
    But made Himself of no reputation, taking the f...
    1 Timothy 2:5
    For there is one God and one Mediator between G...
    1 Timothy 2:6
    Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testif...
    Titus 2:14
    Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem u...
    Hebrews 9:28
    So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of ...
    Revelation 1:5
    And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, th...
  13. Cross References
    Luke 22:27
    For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.
    John 13:14
    If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.
  14. Cross References
    Isaiah 53:10
    Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has p...
    Isaiah 53:11
    He shall see the labor of His soul, and be sati...
    Daniel 9:24
    Seventy weeks are determined For your people an...
    Daniel 9:26
    And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be ...
    John 11:51
    Now this he did not say on his own authority; b...
    John 11:52
    And not for that nation only, but also that He ...
    1 Peter 1:18
    Knowing that you were not redeemed with corrupt...
    1 Peter 1:19
    But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a ...
  15. Cross References
    Romans 5:15
    But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man's offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.
    Romans 5:19
    For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous.
    Hebrews 9:28
    So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.
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