35 James and John, Zebedee’s sons, came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” 36 “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. 37 They said, “Allow one of us to sit on your right and the other on your left when you enter your glory.” 38 Jesus replied, “You don’t know what you’re asking! Can you drink the cup I drink or receive the baptism I receive?” 39 “We can,” they answered. Jesus said, “You will drink the cup I drink and receive the baptism I receive, 40 but to sit at my right or left hand isn’t mine to give. It belongs to those for whom it has been prepared.” 41 Now when the other ten disciples heard about this, they became angry with James and John. 42 Jesus called them over and said, “You know that the ones who are considered the rulers by the Gentiles show off their authority over them and their high-ranking officials order them around. 43 But that’s not the way it will be with you. Whoever wants to be great among you will be your servant. 44 Whoever wants to be first among you will be the slave of all, 45 for the Human One[a] didn’t come to be served but rather to serve and to give his life to liberate many people.”
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]
The sons of Zebedee bombarded Yeshua with their selfish intent, hoping to be privileged in heaven. Yeshua rebuked them, asking if they were prepared to replicate in their lives what he was experiencing in his. The two young men, brash as they were, let everyone know that they thought rather highly of themselves — ready for any- and everything. The rest of the disciples had at James and John for their cheekiness. Yeshua seized this opportunity to teach them all a lesson. “The Domination System is based on the ability of superiors to exert power over their inferiors. The Commonwealth of Peace and Justice inverts this power imbalance — the least will come to the head of the line while the powerful will be stripped of their power over others. The only valid power is power with. Just as Humanity’s Child invests his life in service in order that people might be delivered from the oppression of over-powering domination systems, so also are you to spend your lives in service.