"And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again. Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him" ~ Matthew 20:17-20"Zebedee's children" were Jesus' disciples, John and James. Of course they were right there when Jesus "took the twelve disciples apart ... and said unto them, Behold we go up to Jerusalem." He told them as plainly as He could that he was going to be crucified. That first He would be mocked and scourged. John and James couldn't have missed hearing what He said. John was even his beloved disciple. And yet they sent their mother to Him immediately after He had told them about His horrible death up ahead, to ask him if they could have the choice seats in His Kingdom. They even came with her. "Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him." Of all Jesus' disciples I [Eugenia Price, the author] seem to love dear John the best and I can never read this passage without tears getting in my way. Even John, "the disciple whom Jesus loved" couldn't yet understand what was up ahead. What was at hand. The Lord of Glory was there in person telling them how He was to suffer and die and they sent mama to "worship him" in order to get something they wanted for themselves. John and his brother James missed the point entirely. But Jesus took even this flagrant bit of self-seeking and "turned it to a testimony." He redeemed even this utter selfishness by using it to hand them and us the key to the Kingdom:
"Whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister (servant); and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be our (bond) 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."