I’m in Thailand, speaking at a conference, so these posts are short!
In the kingdom there is so much grace – workers hired at the end get the same wages as workers hired for th whole day. The early adopters get what is promised and God is so generous the late adopters get the promise to. That is not an excuse to put of trusting Jesus as your Lord and Saviour until the end of your life – who knows when you will die?
James and John’s mum asks if they will get to sit either side of Jesus in the coming Kingdom – Jesus replies that is not for him to answer. The Father gives the rewards, but he does prophecy they will suffer for Christ – “drink the cup”
At the end of the chapter two men shout out for Jesus to have mercy – the shout that stopped God. Don’t stop crying out to God. he will answer with compassion and mercy! Jesus asked what they wanted? Some people don’t want to be healed, their illness is part of their identity, but these men do, so Jesus filled with compassion heals them.