Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Thrones in the Kingdom

[The apostles James & John's foolish ambition and overconfidence to request that they sit at the right and left of Jesus in His Kingdom] ultimately created conflicts among the apostles, because the other ten heard about it and were displeased.

"And when the ten heard it, they were indignant at the two brothers." Matthew 20:24

The question of who deserved the most prominent thrones became the big debate among them, and they carried it right to the table at the Last Supper

"A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest." Luke 22:24

James wanted a crown of glory; Jesus gave him a cup of suffering. He wanted power; Jesus gave him servanthood. He wanted a place of prominence; Jesus gave him a martyr’s grave. He wanted to rule; Jesus gave him a sword—not to wield, but to be the instrument of his own execution. Fourteen years after this, James would become the first of the Twelve to be killed for his faith.

MacArthur, J. (2002). Twelve ordinary men : How the Master shaped his disciples for greatness, and what He wants to do with you (91). Nashville, TN: W Pub. Group.

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