Day 55: Friday, May 29
Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling down she asked him for a favor. He said to her, “What do you want?” She replied, “Permit these two sons of mine to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” Jesus answered, “You don’t know what you are asking! Are you able to drink the cup I am about to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” He told them, “You will drink my cup, 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.”
Now when the other ten heard this, they were angry with the two brothers. 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. It must not be this way among you! Instead whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you 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.”
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COMMENT & QUESTIONS
When Jesus talked about “Drinking the cup I am about to drink”, what do you think He means? (See yesterday’s reading if you need help)
He has already told the disciples that He is going to Jerusalem to be killed. This is the cup that He must drink. The disciples were clearly not ready for this commitment.
Jesus calls us to be great by becoming a servant. What opportunities has God given you today to serve people? Name at least one opportunity you have to serve someone else.
Give thanks for the example Christ gave in giving His life in sacrifice Pray that you will have opportunities to serve in your community today