Bringing the Text to Life
At a Glance
This well-known incident prompts a look at some of those who claimed to be great or who were dubbed by history as great. We then take a closer look at what Jesus says about what it means to be truly great.
For material based on the OT lesson, see "Is Your HappyLite On?" October 19, 2003, at HomileticsOnline.com.
Sons of Thunder.
That's the nickname given by Jesus to James and John, the sons of Zebedee (Mark 3:17). They are two of the first disciples called by Jesus, a couple of guys in his inner circle.
Sons of Thunder: An awesome name for a motorcycle gang. Or a rock band.
But these two brothers think that it would be even better to be known as "the Great." So they walk up to Jesus and say, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you" (10:35).
Are they being presumptuous? Yes.
Out of line? Absolutely.
You might want to shake your head at their arrogance, but the request they make is really not surprising. When you believe that...