17 While Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside by themselves, and said to them on the way, 18 “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death; 19 then they will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified; and on the third day he will be raised.”
April 2, 2013 · 11:10 am
~ Matthew 20: 17-19
Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero.
~ Marc Brown
He did not stop teaching from the moment we know of it in the temple at twelve, to the last moments on the cross. He spoke blessing, cursed a fig tree, spoke encouragement, and taught, in plain words, parables, physical examples, miracles. Very few gave him encouraging words on his way, however, when I was reading the gospel of Matthew, I noticed that just after the featured daily scripture, was the story of the mother who was lobbying for her sons’ position in heaven (Matt 20:20.) Before this morning, I always took that to mean she was being political. Embedded in her mother’s plea was the subtext that she believed that Jesus was the Messiah. She was letting him know that not only did she believe in him, she wanted to insure her sons’ a place next to him!
Jesus answered, inviting the two to drink of his cup, but reminding all that the Father was the only one who could make the call of where folks would sit in heaven.
Today, look in the subtext of your lives. Who is trying to encourage you, lift you up, in ways that you may have never recognized before now? You who read this do it for me every day.
Because of Him,