“They said to Him, ’Grant that we may sit, one on Your right and one on Your left, in Your glory’” (Mark 10:37).
To view the request of James and John as a self-serving grab for power and status is to misunderstand both the text and context. The disciples of Jesus are keenly aware that the destiny of Jesus is to be realized in Jerusalem. For three years Jesus has assured them of the forthcoming victory. Why, then, would we expect them to enter Jerusalem with doubt and despair? Jesus, himself, came into Jerusalem as a conqueror, but his disciples did not yet understand that conquering would involve a crucifixion; that death would be the means of victory. It reminds us that regardless of the unexpected turns life will take, we must live with victorious expectations; knowing that God’s glory will ultimately prevail.