Following Jesus with Humility
STEVE McKENZIE   -  

Jesus Foretells His Death a Third Time

32 tAnd they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and uJesus was walkingahead of them. And vthey were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. Andtaking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him, 33 saying,“See, wwe are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to thechief priests and the scribes, and they will xcondemn him to death and ydeliver himover to the Gentiles. 34 And they will zmock him and aspit on him, and flog him andkill him. And bafter three days he will rise.”

The Request of James and John

35 cAnd James and John, dthe sons of Zebedee, came up to him and said to him,“Teacher, we want you to do for us ewhatever we ask of you.” 36 And he said to them,f“What do you want me to do for you?” 37 And they said to him, “Grant us gto sit, oneat your right hand and one at your left, hin your glory.” 38 Jesus said to them, i“You donot know what you are asking. Are you able jto drink the cup that I drink, or kto bebaptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” 39 And they said to him, “Weare able.” And Jesus said to them, l“The cup that I drink myou will drink, and with thebaptism with which I am baptized, nyou will be baptized, 40 but to sit at my right handor at my left is not mine to grant, obut it is for those for whom it has been pprepared.”41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. 42 qAndJesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are consideredrulers of the Gentiles rlord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority overthem. 43 But sit shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among youmust be your servant,4 44 and whoever would be first among you must be tslave5 ofall. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but uto serve, and vto give hislife as a ransom for wmany.”

Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus

46 xAnd they came to Jericho. And yas he was leaving Jericho with his disciplesand a great crowd, Bartimaeus, za blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by theroadside. 47 And when he heard that it was aJesus of Nazareth, he began to cry outand say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 And many brebuked him, tellinghim to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”49 And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying tohim, c“Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.” 50 And throwing off his dcloak, he sprangup and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus said to him, e“What do you want me to do for you?”And the blind man said to him, f“Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” 52 And Jesus said tohim, “Go your way; gyour faith has hmade you well.” And immediately he recoveredhis sight and followed him on the way.