The servant king
v28 The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.
We can all empathise with James’ and John’s mother in her need to ensure that her sons’ work for Jesus would provide a suitable reward. When we look back to Chapter 19 v28 we can see why she’s asked such a question. It was because she’d heard Jesus speak of how those who had been his followers would sit on thrones. However, she sought more for her sons. She wanted them to be in a place of greater honour than any of the other disciples.
We live in a world where there is a pecking order for just about everything. The more powerful you are, the more accolades and privileges you earn. Jesus tells us that in his kingdom this is reversed. His subjects are to have the mind set and actions of a slave: one who concentrates solely on seeking to serve others.
Lord Jesus, you washed the feet of your disciples; you allowed yourself to be nailed to a cross. Teach us to serve others as you did, with humility and with joy. Amen.