"Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ,
let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation
of repentance from dead works
and of faith toward God,
of the teaching of immersions,
of laying on of hands,
of resurrection of the dead
and of eternal judgment ...," Hebrews 6'1-3.
"Remember the word that I said to you,
‘A servant is not greater than his master.’
If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you,"
Jesus' referred to being "immersed with the immersion that I am immersed with". He said it in the form of a question in answer to a question.
The initial question was to do with places of honour. He seemed to be asking something that was quite unrelated.
It all began with this:
"The mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Him with her sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him.
And He said to her, 'What do you wish?' She said to Him, 'Grant that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on the left, in Your kingdom.'
But Jesus answered and said, 'You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be immersed with the immersion that I am immersed with?'
They said to Him, 'We are able.'
So He said to them, 'You will indeed drink My cup, and be immersed with the immersion that I am immersed with; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared by My Father.'
And when the ten heard it, they were greatly displeased with the two brothers.
But Jesus called them to Himself and said, 'You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them.
Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.
And whoever desires to be first among you, let him 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'," Matthew 20'20-28.
What started off as a strange request, the Lord used to describe a unique kind of personal disposition - His own.
James and John could hardly have known what could be involved when they answered, "We are able".
Jesus' response to that was, "You will indeed drink My cup, and be immersed with the immersion that I am immersed with".
His "cup" and His "immersion" began when He was a child. His Father's will was His "cup" and doing it was His "immersion".
Back then He said, "Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” (Luke 2'42).
And much later He stated, "I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me," John 5'30.
Throughout history there have been those who did the same and found themselves enduring hardship. And for many it's the same today.