Friday, April 29, 2011
Ah, Come On, Ma!
Mat 20:20 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.
You remember when your mom licked her finger to wipe a smudge off your face? Guys, how about the times when you were a little boy and she drug you into the ladies' room at the department store? Talk about your embarrassing moments!
How about when the mom of James and John, these "Sons of Thunder" comes to Jesus, right there in front of all their buddies and says, "Jesus, I want special seating in heaven for my boys, see what you can do."
Imagine those rough and tumble guys; Peter, the swarthy fisherman, Simon, the uber-patriot, Andrew, tanned and leathered from outdoor activity, all gasping for air as they laughed at their fellow disciples. "Hey boys, so glad mommy stopped by today for a visit with the Lord!" Then their laughter turned to anger, "Why, the very thought of it, those guys getting better seats at the table than us, harrumph!"
How sheepish must James and John have felt to have mom making such requests right there in front of God and everybody?
Moms do that. They demand a hug in front of the other middle schoolers. They reprimand you in church for passing notes. Shucks, I'm in my 50s and my mom demands that I sing solos more than anyone else in church!
Mother's Day is next week and we really should be thankful that we do have that one big fan, our moms.