Mathew 20. Forum Discussion

Mathew 20 helps to answer a question that had come up in a previous chapter - What do you think that Jesus means by His statement that, “Many who are first will be last?”

In the Parable Of The Laborers found in Mathew 20:1-16, Jesus answers this question for us. In it, Jesus talks about the kingdom of heaven being like a landowner who went out early in the morning and hired laborers for his vineyard. He agreed with the laborers to pay them a denarius (a day’s wage) for the day and sent them into his vineyard to work. At the 11th hour, the landowner found others standing around because nobody had hired them, and he offers them the same denarius to also work in his vineyard. Those that were hired early in the day do not like that they are getting paid the same wage as those that were hired later in the day and have not worked as long. Jesus points out that the early workers agreed to the wage and that it is lawful for Him to do as He wishes with what is His. “So the last shall be first, and the first last.”

Beginning in verse 17, Jesus prepares His 12 disciples for His death by saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death, and will hand Him over to the Gentiles to mock and scourge and crucify Him, and on the third day He will be raised up.” At first glimpse, this amazing scripture seems almost matter of fact to me. But when taken in proper context, we can see that Jesus was extremely stressed about what was about to happen to Him. In Mathew 26:39 Jesus says, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.”

A little later, in Mathew 27:46, just before Jesus died on the cross, He cries out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection are the cornerstone of Christianity and the basis for our faith and hope. It’s important to note that Jesus was both man and God and He had real concerns about what was going to happen to Him. But He did what His father asked of Him and died for the forgiveness for our sins.

Verses 20-28 give us a lesson on ambition. The mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus, bowed down, and made the following request, “Command that in Your kingdom these two sons of mine may sit one on Your right and one on Your left.” Jesus instructs her that only God can determine who will sit on Jesus’ side and then reminds her that, “Whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

The chapter ends with Jesus meeting two blind men that were sitting by the road. Jesus stopped and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” They said to Him, “Lord, we want our eyes to be opened.” Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him. - Amen 


Thank you Jesus for this lesson on humility! "Whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” - Amen