Today’s passage says this: “35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” 36 “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.37 They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”
So often, we present ourselves to Jesus with limited expectations: the things we want, wish for or hope for…… The example of these two brothers shows us that when we go to the Lord with a shopping list, we have not understood who He is. My brother, my sister, our expectations about life will be limited if this life is all we can see. Jesus promises eternal life above everything else, to those willing to trust Him. Now, most believers seek Him for earthly comfort above His kingdom and His righteousness first. They are just like James and John who enjoyed the inner circle of Jesus but had misunderstood Jesus’ purpose. That is the reason why, as we can read on the passage above, they tried to secure their role in Jesus’ Kingdom by asking Jesus to promise each of them a special position.
Yes, like many other disciples, James and John had a limited view of what Jesus was doing on earth… It took Jesus’ death and resurrection for their view of the Lord to be corrected, so much that James was willing to die because He knew Jesus had conquered death and was the doorway to eternal life. What do you need to stop limiting Jesus by considering Him as a shop owner who has all the things you want in this life and start viewing Him for who He really is? Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.