The Tragedy of Missing the Point
Matthew 20:20-28 KJV
20 Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s
children with her sons, worshipping him, and
desiring a certain thing of him.
21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou ? She
saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons
may sit , the one on thy right hand, and the
other on the left, in thy kingdom.
22 But Jesus answered and said , Ye know not
what ye ask . Are ye able to drink of the cup
that I shall drink of , and to be baptized with
the baptism that I am baptized with ? They
say unto him, We are able .
23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed
of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism
that I am baptized with : but to sit on my right
hand, and on my left, is not mine to give ,
but it shall be given to them for whom it is
prepared of my Father.
24 And when the ten heard it, they were moved
with indignation against the two brethren.
25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said , Ye
know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise
dominion over them, and they that are great
exercise authority upon them.
26 But it shall not be so among you: but
whosoever * will be great among you, let him
be your minister;
27 And whosoever * will be chief among you, let
him be your servant:
28 Even as the Son of man came not to be
ministered unto , but to minister , and to give
his life a ransom for many.
The role of leadership according to Peter Drucker:
• Lift a person’s VISION to a higher sight
• Raise a person’s PERFORMANCE to a higher
• Build a person’s CREATIVITY to a higher
I. The REQUEST to Jesus
Matthew 19:28 GNV – Jesus said to them, “You can
be sure that when the Son of Man sits on his glorious
throne in the New Age, then you twelve followers of
mine will also sit on thrones, to rule the twelve tribes of
Matthew 20:16-19 GNV – 16 And Jesus concluded, “So
those who are last will be first, and those who are first
will be last.” 17 As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem,
he took the twelve disciples aside and spoke to them
privately, as they walked along. 18”Listen,” he told
them, “we are going up to Jerusalem, where the Son
of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and
the teachers of the Law. They will condemn him to
death 19 and then hand him over to the Gentiles,
who will make fun of him, whip him, and crucify him;
but three days later he will be raised to life.”
E.G.O. – EDGING GOD OUT
II. The RESPONSE of Jesus
Psalm 23:5 KJV – Thou preparest a table before me
in the presence of mine enemies : thou anointest my
head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Matthew 26:42 KJV – He went away again the second
time, and prayed , saying, O my Father, if this cup
may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will
Mark 6:5 KJV – And he could there do no mighty work,
save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and
III. The REQUIREMENTS of Jesus
Servant is the Greek word Diakonos which is our
English word DEACON
Slave is the Greek word DOULOS, which is one
CONTROLLED and DEPENDENT on another.
Romans 6:17 ESV – But thanks be to God, that you who
were once slaves of sin have become obedient from
the heart to the standard of teaching to which you
Philippians 1:1 ESV – Paul and Timothy, servants of
Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at
Philippi, with the overseers and deacons:
The way to determine if you are a servant is how
do you respond when people TREAT you like one.
An insecure person cannot do that which
appears insignificant for fear that such actions
will affirm perceptions of INSIGNIFICANCE and
E.G.O. – EXALTING GOD ONLY