Jesus was the Messiah, God's promised king. So what could be better than being top dog in his cabinet. Yet, when a mother asks that her two sons, who happened to be two of Jesus's closest disciples are given top positions when he is king, Jesus challenges her and them.
His kingship is not what they expect. It is about service not power and the road to glory is one of suffering even death. His followers need to change the way they think!