by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
Matthew 20:20
June 1964

Will you turn with me, please, to Matthew 20:20.
"Then came to Him (Christ) the mother of sons of
Zebedee, with her sons, worshipping Him and asking a
certain thing of Him. He said unto her, What
wouldest thou? (What is it you want?) And she saith
unto Him, Command that these, my two sons may sit
one on Thy right hand and one on Thy left hand in
Thy Kingdom. But Jesus answered and said, Ye know
not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink the cup that I
am about to drink? They said unto Him, We are able.
He saith unto them, My cup indeed ye shall drink,
but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not
Mine to give, but it is for them for whom it hath
been prepared of My Father."

I want to speak to you on the subject, "People Who
Will Be Nearest to Christ in the Kingdom."

Let me translate this for you literally. In some
versions you will find some of the words here in
italics. That means that those words were not in the
original Greek text but were added by the
translators to round out what they thought the sense
should be. But let's see exactly what Christ said.
He said literally, "To sit on My right hand and on
My left is not Mine to give, but to them for whom it
is prepared of My Father." It is an important

Jesus Christ is saying something! Jesus did NOT SAY
to this wonderful mother and her two sons who were
ambitious, "Lady, you are mistaken, you and your
sons. You have a false idea. You are asking
something that cannot be granted to anyone. Don't
you know that everyone will be on the SAME LEVEL in
the kingdom?" Jesus didn't say that. There is a
common idea that when you accept Christ as your
Saviour in the next world we will all be
automatically transformed and be placed on the same
level and have the same nearness to the Lord Jesus
Christ. Now Jesus DID NOT SAY, "There will be no two
people near ...

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