"Jesus said to them, you will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father'". Matthew 20:23
The mother of Zebedee's sons asked Jesus to reserve the places on his right and left for her sons. Isn't that just like humans? Everybody wants to be number one. They seek out celebrities and nurture as good a relationship with them as they can. It's as though they think that being near great people makes them great.
But Jesus told her and her sons that it was not his choice, but God's, who would be on his right or left. God would make the decision as to who would touch shoulders with the Messiah.
Nothing's ever good enough for humans, is it? Jesus had chosen just twelve disciples from an earth full of people, but Zebedee's wife and sons wanted first and second seats.
They should have been thanking the Almighty that they got to be in the presence of His son -- even in a crowd of onlookers -- much less wanting to be at the head table. No wonder Jesus said, blessed are the meek. He advised all present at the Sermon on the Mount that it was the meek who would inherit the earth, not the status seekers.