Humility: Consider Others

Air Date: 1/31/18

Matt 20:20-28 (NKJV)

20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Him with her sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him.

21 And He said to her, “What do you wish?”

She said to Him, “Grant that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on the left, in Your kingdom.”

22 But Jesus answered and said, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”[d]

They said to Him, “We are able.”

23 So He said to them, “You will indeed drink My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with;[e] but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared by My Father.”

24 And when the ten heard it, they were greatly displeased with the two brothers. 25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. 26 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.27 And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Jesus came to serve, not to be served, and we must follow that example as we interact with people out on the streets.

Teaching Points:

SIT AT YOUR RIGHT and LEFT (v. 20) – It is our sinful bend to desire position and exaltation.

PREPARED BY THE FATHER (v.23) – God decides our positions.

INDIGNANT (v.24) – Our pride stirs anger and disunity.

NOT THIS WAY (v.26) – The Kingdom of God has separate rules than our culture.

SERVANT…SLAVE (vv. 26-27) – Our greatness is measured by our ability to serve others.

SON OF MAN (v.28) – If anyone had the right to exalt Himself it was Jesus. Yet He came not to be served but to serve.