Funny, it works better when Jesus says it.

Walking back to Bethany in silence, each one was deep in thought about what had transpired that afternoon.   Finally Jesus broke the silence and said, “How about that Andrew? How many men did he throw across the room”?

 

Andrew answered, “Seven, Lord.”

 

Laughing loudly with Andrew, the disciples had to stop.   Now each one decided to tell about how good it felt to throw the crooks and their birds out of the sanctuary. When they started walking again, all were still laughing and talking as they entered Lazarus’s house.

 

 The brothers who were the sons of Zebedee were walking over to talk to Jesus.   “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” (NIV)

 

Our mother Salome, because she is your earthly relation, wants us to ask for a favor. We are pretty embarrassed to ask you, but Mother insisted.  She knows that you are the Messiah, the Savior of the World.

 

Jesus folded his arms and said,” I know both of your parents have a very strong faith. I love them, just as I love you. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.

 

‘They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”

 

“You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”

 

 “We can,” they answered.

 

Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.” (NIV)

 

 ‘When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John.  Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.  Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.  For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (NIV)

 

Later on John had a chance to talk to his brother James. “That didn’t go well did it?”

 

James replied,   “Mother. We knew in our hearts what Jesus would say.  We could have stayed with Father and fished day after day, but we chose Jesus and to follow all his teachings.  Do you think we should say something to Him about how we should have known better than question Him?”

 

John looked at his brother. “Have you not noticed yet that Jesus knows everything, including our thoughts?   He knew our thoughts then and he knows now.   We just need to do what he told us to do; serving others. At least, that is what I am going to do, and not worry about how important I am to my parents or anyone else I know.  I followed John the Baptist, and heard him say,’ there goes the Messiah.  From now on, that is who I listen to.”

James and John were the first in the door of the house of Lazarus, Martha and Mary.   “Lazarus, wake up!” yelled James and John.

Lazarus walked out into the room.  “Funny, really funny; it works better when Jesus says it.”

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