James and John were brothers who followed Jesus. They were also fishermen like Andrew and Peter. Mark 3:17 says that Jesus called James and John “Sons of Thunder.”
Our Bible verses for today tell us about a time when the mother of James and John came to Jesus. She said to Jesus, “Promise that one of my sons will sit at your right side in your kingdom and the other at your left” (verse 21b). Jesus replied, “But it is not for me to say who will sit at my right or my left. My Father has decided who will do that” (verse 23a). Then Jesus went on to remind His disciples that they should not be proud and “show their power over the people” (verse 25b). Instead they should be willing to serve others.
Jesus is the perfect example of someone who was willing to give up His life and serve other people. I hope you will be like Him today!