Matthew 20:20-28 – Christ’s cup. A bitter truth of the Christian call.

“For me to drink of his cup, or as Luke 9 puts it pick up my cross and die daily, is to make myself nothing, so that I can give others everything believing that God the father, through Christ’s propitiation, has given me everything… It sounds heroic in word but in deed it is bitter!” – Exerpt

20Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for something. 21And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Say that these two sons of mine are to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” 22Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.”23He said to them, “You will drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” 24And when the ten heard it, they were indignant at the two brothers. 25But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 26It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,c 27and whoever would be first among you must be your slave,d 28even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

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Matthew 20:1-16 || Being satisfied.

It is the moments when the world around me seems darkest … when the light in my soul seems to shine brightest.” ~excerpt

1“For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. Continue reading

Matthew 19:18-26 || What do I really value?

“The risk is that I am not seeing Christ for who he truly is. If I can’t see that Christ alone as enough to fully satisfy my every desire, then eternal life with him is not appealing at all.” – excerpt

16Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” Continue reading

Matthew 19:10-12 || What do I see when the king speaks?

[I intend] To daily position myself to be more influenced by the person of God rather than my surrounding culture, so that God’s standard becomes my standard of normal living, rather than the standard of my culture.

Shutter Shades.

Shutter Shades, a great symbol of pop culture paradigm. Thanks Kanye.

Matthew 19:
The disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” 11But he said to them, “Not everyone can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given. 12For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let the one who is able to receive this receive it.”

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