The Laborers in the Vineyard
20:1For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that was a householder, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers into his vineyard. 20:2And when he had agreed with the laborers for a shilling a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 20:3And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing in the marketplace idle; 20:4and to them he said, Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. 20:5Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise. 20:6And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing; and he saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? 20:7They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard. 20:8And when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the laborers, and pay them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. 20:9And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a shilling. 20:10And when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received every man a shilling. 20:11And when they received it, they murmured against the householder, 20:12saying, These last have spent but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat. 20:13But he answered and said to one of them, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a shilling? 20:14Take up that which is thine, and go thy way; it is my will to give unto this last, even as unto thee. 20:15Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? or is thine eye evil, because I am good? 20:16So the last shall be first, and the first last.
Jesus Fortells His Death and Resurrection a Third Time
20:17And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples apart, and on the way he said unto them, 20:18Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests and scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, 20:19and shall deliver him unto the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify: and the third day he shall be raised up.
The Request of the Mother of James and John
20:20Then came to him the mother of the sons of Zebedee with her sons, worshipping him, and asking a certain thing of him. 20:21And he said unto her, What wouldest thou? 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. 20:22But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink the cup that I am about to drink? They say unto him, We are able. 20:23He saith unto them, My cup indeed ye shall drink: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left hand, is not mine to give; but it is for them for whom it hath been prepared of my Father.
20:24And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation concerning the two brethren. 20:25But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 20:26Not so shall it be among you: but whosoever would become great among you shall be your minister; 20:27and whosoever would be first among you shall be your servant: 20:28even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.1
Cf. Mark 10:35-40
Jesus Heals Two Blind Men
20:29And as they went out from Jericho, a great multitude followed him. 20:30And behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, Lord, have mercy on us, thou son of David. 20:31And the multitude rebuked them, that they should hold their peace: but they cried out the more, saying, Lord, have mercy on us, thou son of David. 20:32And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I should do unto you? 20:33They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. 20:34And Jesus, being moved with compassion, touched their eyes; and straightway they received their sight, and followed him.
- to give his life a ransom for many. Ransom to the devil, never to God. God is all good, everywhere present and He has no need to be paid. The devil, however, our lower consciousness, needs to be sacrificed. See theories of how atonement might work. New Thought rejects the satisfaction theory (Jesus is my substitute) and embraces the moral influence theory (Jesus is my Wayshower). “Jesus is my Wayshower, not my substitute.”