Summary: The mother of James and John made a special request of Jesus based on her impression of him. She in turn made an impression on him.
1. Mothers Job Interview -- http://www.ijreview.com/2014/04/129697-24-people-interviewed-impossible-job-paying-nothing-found-everyday/
2. Mothers make lasting impressions on their children.
3. Matthew 20.20-28
I. A Mother's Impression OF Jesus
A. Qualities She saw in Him
1. He was Torah-Observant (John 4.34)
2. He was a man of compassion
a. Healings of all sorts, Even healing Gentiles -- Matthew 15.21-27
b. A Shepherd's Heart -- Matthew 9.35-38
35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest."
c. The Loss of Jerusalem -- Luke 19.41-44
41 And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it,42 saying, "Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side 44 and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation."
3. He was the Teacher (Matthew 7.29)
B. The Greatness She saw in Him -- God's Messiah-King
1. Her posture -- kneeling and asking
2. She knew of his kingdom
a. Thy kingdom come
b. Kingdom of heaven is at hand -- here
c. Down payment -- more to come
3. She saw fulfilled prophecy in him
a. Descended from David
b. Virgin's birth -- Isaiah 7.14
c. Key titles -- Isaiah 9.6
C. The Potential She saw Through Him
1. Peace with Romans -- on Israel's terms
2. Positions for her sons
II. A Mother's Impression ON Jesus
Sir William Herschel first used fingerprints in July 1858 on native contracts in India. On a whim, and with no thought toward personal identification, Herschel had a local businessman impress his handprint on the back of a contract.
The idea was merely, "to frighten him out of all thought of denying his signature." The native was properly impressed, and Herschel made a habit of requiring palm prints, and later, simply the prints of the right index and middle fingers on every contract made with the locals.
Personal contact with the document, they believed, made the contract more binding than if they simply signed it. Thus, the first wide-scale, modern-day use of fingerprints was started, not upon scientific evidence, but upon superstitious beliefs.
As his fingerprint collection grew, however, Herschel began to note that the inked impressions could, indeed, prove or disprove identity. While his experience with fingerprinting was admittedly limited, Sir Herschel's private conviction that all fingerprints were unique to the individual, as well as permanent throughout that individual's life. Eventually it was proven to be the case.