2014-08-04 - What Would a Salome Say?
Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. (Matthew 20:20)
It was a gutsy move, but being a follower of Jesus' ministry gave me the leverage to talk to Jesus on my sons' behalf. I asked the Savior of the world a monumental question. I inquired if either of my sons, disciples James and John, could sit at His right hand when they get to Heaven. I felt James and John deserved some recognition for their faithfulness. Someone has to be the one to ask first, right?
Our family sacrificed a lot to follow Jesus. James and John left their father, and the family fishing business, to become Jesus' disciples - and I became devoted to the Lord's ministry.
Jesus asked my sons if they were able to suffer as He would suffer. My boys answered an emphatic yes. Jesus told James and John they would indeed suffer, but He was not in a position to say who could sit next to Him when in Heaven; that honor belonged to God.
I was disappointed with Jesus' answer, and not encouraged to hear my sons would suffer. However, I wasn't prepared for the backlash my question raised. When the other 10 disciples heard what I had done, they were angry. Jesus ended their resentment by telling the men their attitude had to be like His, as a servant. Jesus' life wasn't His own. Jesus told the men tough words to swallow. They needed to serve instead of wanting to be served.
Lord, Thank You for allowing me to tell You what is on my mind. It usually isn't the answer I want or expect to hear, but I feel better, going to You in prayer. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the NIV unless otherwise noted.