Jesus, His disciples, and the crowd are now heading toward Jerusalem. For the third time Jesus explains to His followers that suffering and death await Him there. First the Jews will arrest and scourge Him, and then the Romans will put Him to death. But three days later, victory will be proclaimed through His resurrection back to life.
As before, the prediction of Jesus’ death and resurrection sets off a power struggle among the disciples. James and John approach Jesus with a request to be given preeminent positions when He comes in glory. While this causes indignation among the other disciples, Jesus uses this to teach the real pathway to greatness, and ends with the illustration of His own sacrificial life and death, designed not for His well being, but the ransom of many.