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James and John request prominence

When John and James ask for prominence, Jesus teaches about serving with humility.
Contributed by Sweet Publishing
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Jesus and His followers were on the way to Jerusalem but many were afraid. So Jesus took the 12 disciples to one side to explain what was about to happen. – Slide 1
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‘We are going to Jerusalem,’ Jesus said. ‘I will be betrayed to the leading priests and teachers of the law who will say that I must die. They will hand me over to the Gentiles to mock, spit, mistreat and kill me. But on the third day after my death, I will rise to life again.’ – Slide 2
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The disciples listened but did not grasp what Jesus was saying. – Slide 3
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James and John came to Jesus. ‘Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask,’ they insisted. ‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ Jesus asked. – Slide 4
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‘You will have glory in your kingdom,’ they said. ‘Let one of us sit at your right, and the other at your left, in the places of greatest honour.’ – Slide 5
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‘You don’t know what you are asking!’ Jesus replied. ‘Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of suffering I am about to drink? Are you able to be baptised with the baptism of suffering?’ – Slide 6
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‘Yes we are,’ they insisted. ‘Then you will indeed drink from my bitter cup and be baptised with my baptism of suffering, Jesus told them. ‘But I have no right to say who will sit on my right or my left. God has prepared those places for the ones He has chosen.’ – Slide 7
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When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked, they were furious. – Slide 8
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So Jesus called them together and said, ‘You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. – Slide 9
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‘But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant and whoever wants to be first among you must be last. – Slide 10
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‘For I didn’t come to be served but to serve others and to give My life as a ransom for many.’ – Slide 11
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