ImmerseMessiah NLT - Page 291

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Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came over and spoke to him.
“Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do us a favor.”
“What is your request?” he asked.
They replied, “When you sit on your glorious throne, we want to sit in
places of honor next to you, one on your right and the other on your left.”
But Jesus said to them, “You don’t know what you are asking! Are you
able to drink from the bitter cup of suffering I am about to drink? Are you
able to be baptized with the baptism of suffering I must be baptized with?”
“Oh yes,” they replied, “we are able!”
Then Jesus told them, “You will indeed drink from my bitter cup and
be baptized with my baptism of suffering. But I have no right to say who
will sit on my right or my left. God has prepared those places for the ones
he has chosen.”
When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked,
they were indignant. So Jesus called them together and said, “You know
that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt
their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and
whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else.
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to
give his life as a ransom for many.”
Then they reached Jericho, and as Jesus and his disciples left town, a large
crowd followed him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus)
was sitting beside the road. When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth
was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
“Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him.
But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.”
So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, he’s calling you!” Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus.
“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked.
“My Rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see!”
And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the
man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.
As Jesus and his disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the towns
of Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them
on ahead. “Go into that village over there,” he told them. “As soon as you
enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden.

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