20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. 21 “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.” 22 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?” We can,” they answered. 23 Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, 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 by my Father.”
I cannot help but wonder if Jesus chuckled to himself when the mother made her request. Did the mother and sons really know what Jesus’ cup contained? I think not. The cup that Jesus spoke contained pain, suffering, and punishment like no other man could imagine. If they truly knew what the cup of Jesus contained, I do not think they would have made the request.
I asked myself, Why would the mother make such a request of Jesus? I suspect that she and her sons envisioned Jesus as a king and sitting by the throne of Jesus would be a place of honor. Many of the people at that time, including the disciples, did not understand the kingdom that Jesus spoke about during his ministry. They also did not understand the cup that he would drink from. I do not know if Jesus intentionally did not explicitly say what was about to happen to Him, but I think it is clear the Word may not be fulfilled if everyone fully understood what Jesus was about to go through. Jesus tells them that they would indeed drink from the cup. It suggests that the mother and sons are believers and would be followers.
Are we prepared to drink from the cup that Jesus drank? We know the cup from which Jesus drank; the pain, suffering, punishment, and humiliation. Are we truly able to drink from the cup of Jesus? As we continue our journey through Lent, may we all take a moment to reflect on what it means to drink from the cup of Jesus? Let us ask ourselves, am I drinking from the cup of Jesus?
Prayer: Dear Jesus, open my eyes to cup of Jesus, help me to understand its’ meaning. Help me to drink from the cup everyday in all that I do.