Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favour of him.
“What is it you want?” he asked.
She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.”
Matthew 20: 20 – 22
A term I came across a couple of years ago was ‘lawnmower mum’; someone who would mow down any obstacle to the advancement of her child. What we have here is a lawnmower mum looking to secure her boys the best spots in Jesus new kingdom. Who would be beside Jesus but the most worthy, most honoured, most blessed; the first amongst equals of all the disciples. Spots that she obviously considered would secure her children the best future.
What this tells us is that she hadn’t fully grasped the true nature of Christ’s kingdom but was measuring it the same way she did secular kingdoms round about. When Jesus becomes King, my boys will be beside him the same way Herod’s sons are beside him or Caesars closest people are beside him.
How well do you understand the true nature of Christ’s Kingdom? Have you taken the time to read how he describes it in the Gospels?
Prayer: Dear God, open my eyes to the true nature of your Kingdom. I am a human in a human world where people vie for power all the time. Help me to understand what you means by your Kingdom.
Action: Carve out 60-90 minutes this week to read the gospel of Mark in one sitting.