Matthew 20:17-19 Jesus predicted His death and resurrection for the third time. But the disciples still didn't understand what He meant. They continued to argue greedily over their positions in Christ's kingdom.
Matthew 20:20 The mother of James and John came to Jesus, "kneeling down and asking something of Him." She gave Jesus worship, but her real motive was to get something from Him. Too often this happens in our churches and in our lives. We play religious games, expecting God to give us something in return. True worship, however, adores and praises Christ for who He is and for what He has done.
Matthew 20:20 The mother of James and John asked Jesus to give her sons special positions in His kingdom. Parents naturally want to see their children promoted and honored, but this desire is dangerous if it causes them to lose sight of God's specific will for their children. God may have different work in mind - not as glamorous, but just as important. Thus parents' desires for their children's advancement must be held in check as they pray that God's will be done in their lives.
Matthew 20:20 According to 27:56, the mother of James and John was at the Cross when Jesus was crucified. Some have suggested that she was the sister of Mary, the mother of Jesus. A close family relationship could have prompted her to make this request for her sons.