[Jesus] said, “When people get a little power how quickly it goes to their heads.” Mark 10:43 (The Message Bible)
James and John were concerned about the pecking order in Heaven and boldly asked Jesus if one of them could sit on his right side and the other on his left. For an unknown reason, these two disciples voted themselves as the “most popular” among the twelve disciples. Jesus set them straight: “You have no idea what you’re asking…” because of the struggle Jesus would soon be going through to sit at the right hand of his own father, God.
I picture groupies following an artist, such as Justin Bieber. Hundreds of people surround him when he goes out to meet the crowd lingering after a concert. I’m guessing there are at least two fans that push or crawl their way to be at his right and left side—to be close to their idol. Human nature is like that—we want to be close to someone we admire—like the way James and John wanted to be so close to Jesus. Perhaps they wanted to hear him breathe, to hear firsthand what Jesus had to say, to feel safe in their Savior’s presence, or maybe they lacked faith in God’s promise to be with us always.
Thank you, Lord, for your constant presence in my life. Amen.