Three apostles were very close to Jesus — Peter, James and John. These three men were able to see and hear special things with Jesus. In Mark 3:17, James and his brother, John, are called “Sons of Thunder.” This may mean that James and John were quick to become angry.
In our Bible verses today, some people in Samaria would not accept Jesus. James and John said (verse 54b), “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven and destroy those people?” Verse 55 says that Jesus criticized James and John for saying that.
At that time, James and John needed to learn about patience and forgiveness. Jesus helped them both change. James and John became bold preachers for Jesus.
Sometimes people make us angry. We should not want to do bad things to those people. We should follow Jesus’ example of forgiveness. Let Jesus control your life and change you today.