Matthew 20:22 —— But Jesus answered and said, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They said to Him, “We are able.”
The cup that Jesus talks about is spiritual suffering. By obeying the will of His Father, Jesus encounters the greatest battle of His life.
2 Corinthians 5:21 ——- For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
God made Adam in His own likeness and image, but when Adam sinned He became a sinner. But Jesus obeyed His Father and therefore was not a sinner but He was made a sinner. The power to rebel against God was put in His Son Jesus on the cross. Jesus had to endure that on our behalf, when Jesus was made sin.
There would be a time when he would experience the spiritual separation from His Father. It is for this reasons Jesus cries out, “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?”
In Matthew 20:22 Jesus talks about the spiritual cup of suffering that He is about to go through. However the mother of James and John is asking Jesus for a physical position for her two sons. She is seeking status for her sons, but the kingdom of God does not operate by giving special positions to certain people. The disciples saw Jesus healing, teaching and touching the lives of many but the ministry of Christ is not complete without servant hood. Jesus Himself setting an example for us by giving up His life for our salvation.
On the night Jesus was betrayed He sat there during the last supper. Jesus knew that Judas would betray Him, Peter would deny Him and the rest would flee. However, Jesus still sat there because He love irrespective of our response to Him. When we are in an atmosphere like this our emotions would be extremely negative. It would be extremely difficult, if not impossible for us to go and wash the feet of someone whom we knew would reject us.
The secret to being in the kingdom of God is how much we are willing to be a servant to our fellow brothers and sisters. True leadership is found only in serving others.
EVERYONE CAN BE GREAT BECAUSE EVERYONE CAN SERVE