One Baptism – Part 1

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.

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2 thoughts on “One Baptism – Part 1

  1. To be honest Pastor mmubiana I have never thought about having a position of Authority in Heaven but have been content in knowing the Joy of The Lord in my heart, not worldly Joy that disappears but Eternal Joy which I have often experienced even in the hard times and wonderfully will experience Eternally when there is no hard times.

    Jesus humbled Himself to a position that was lower than the Angels in obedience to His Father who in His great Love for us was willing to give all including to see in grief and great sorrow His Son brutally slain so we could be in fellowship with Him eternally, to win back our souls cost Him more than we can ever understand or will even understand because our hearts would be broken asunder if we did.

    And In the garden Jesus also not wanting to be separated from His Father, still chose His Fathers will which was to save us even knowing for the first time ever He would be torn away from Him because of our great sin and yet He still said on the cross, Father forgive mmubiana and Anne…………….

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne.

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    • This is true! That is the reason why the other ten apostles expressed indignation ( righteous anger) against the two sons of Zebedee. This was followed by the Lord’s teaching on humility. In Matthew 20:24-28 the Bible says, “And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren. But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many” (KJV). It is not really about status but about being in a position to effectively function so as to take the good news to those who have not yet heard.

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