And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” And they said to him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized, but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”
Comment: While they didn’t understand about the resurrection they did believe that Jesus was the Messiah and they could see that something great was going to happen. After all, their understanding of the Messiah was temporal and political, in spite of His very clear speaking. So they wanted a very big bit of the power deal. Here we see a different meaning of the word ‘baptise’. Jesus used it in the sense of what He had to endure in the Cross experience. They did walk the same path through persecution, imprisonment and death but God alone appoints those final positions when Jesus returns in His Glory!
Prayer: I would walk in Your footsteps my Servant King!