So often when we pray, we do not know what we are asking.
The mother of the sons of Zebedee (the apostles James and John) certainly did not know what she was asking when she asked Jesus if her sons could sit on His right and left when He came into His kingdom. She thought she was asking for her sons to sit at a place of honor like that which was arrayed around King David in the earlier days of Israel. She knew Jesus was the son of David and that He would reign over Israel. What she did not know was that His path to the throne of glory led through the cross. If she had known it, this mother may not have made this request for she was, in effect, requesting that her sons be persecuted to the point of cruel death.
Christ’s glory is the measure of underserved suffering He took upon Himself for the sake of God. Similarly, to be close to Him in heaven James and John would have to take on considerable suffering beyond what they deserved as common sinners.
Earthly glory is one thing; heavenly glory is quite another. Heavenly glory comes at a huge earthly price. Those who love God, as James and John did, are willing to pay that price. Let us try to be sure of what we are asking when we pray. But neither let us shrink from suffering if it will bring Him glory.
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in biblical terms.