In the final days when Jesus set out for Jerusalem, the mother to the sons of Zebedee came and requested that her sons may seat one on the right and the other on his left hand in his kingdom. Jesus plainly told Mrs. Zebedee that she did not clearly understand the implication of that request. He pointed out that there was a price to pay and from the look of things, it all depended on their response.
Jesus in this conversation mentioned two things that are important to us too. He talked about the cup he would drink and the baptism that he would undergo. Jesus clearly pointed out that this was the way to the authority that they were seeking. This is true and very much applicable to us today too.
In Matthew 20:22 the Bible says, ”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” (KJV). This shows us that the sons of Zebedee were ready and willing to take on whatever came their way to have access to God’s authority by doing the will of God.
Jesus was doing the will of God therefore all of us must be willing to do the will of God to truly function in the authority that he has set. We have to remember that the Kingdom is not in the by and by. It is here within us, although there is more to come. However, for us to be able to reign with Christ, we must be willing to drink that cup and be baptized with that baptism.