At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, this past Sunday, March 22, we continued to share the experiences with Jesus as he goes to the cross, during our Sunday worship service. These last moments and miles will be freshest on the minds of his followers, and we need to understand him better and become better followers. So let’s hit the road with Jesus.
From Matthew 20:17-28, we see Jesus predict his death for the third time which Matthew follows with the request of James and John’s mother. Jesus is focused on the cross, and she and her sons are focused on the crown. These “sons of thunder” have a fiery zeal that’s harnessed under Jesus’ teaching, and their fiery faith–that Jesus will be king despite no outward indications of power to overthrow Rome–is a good thing, though their faith is out of focus. And we see that Jesus is exceedingly patient with them. Often we want the crown but not the cross. Listen to the whole sermon here.