Sons of Thunder

Among Jesus’ twelve disciples were two sets of brothers – Peter and Andrew, and James and John.  Somehow James and John earned the nickname “Sons of Thunder.” That’s impressive!

It’s easy to picture these boys as a loud, raucous duo or to imagine their father, Zebedee causing a stir. But I have a feeling I know who the thunderous one was.

One day toward the end of Jesus’ life on earth, the MOTHER of James and John approaches Jesus with a special request. And the thunder rolls! She’s a gutsy girl, and asks for a position of influence for her two sons. Jesus’ other ten disciples are disgusted with her power play. It makes me smile because I know moms do these kinds of things!

Perhaps her request is out of order. But if you look past the obvious, “Put my boys in charge of your kingdom” request, you’ll see she was a pretty awesome mom.

  1. She brought her boys to Jesus. I’m sure there were plenty of other leaders around and plenty of other things to do, but Momma Zebedee brought her boys to the one who matters most! Thank God for moms who lead their children to the Lord.
  2. She prayed for her boys. She got down on her knees and brought her request to Jesus. How many of us wouldn’t be where we are today, or wouldn’t be alive today, without the devoted prayers of our mother, auntie, grandma or the other faith-filled women who pleaded on our behalf?
  3. She believed in her boys. Her request was bold and audacious, but you know she believed those boys deserved that leadership position! In her mind it made perfect sense. What a gift it is to a child to know someone believes in them.

Comments Tell us about the mom who thundered for you.

Scripture for Reflection Mathew 20:20-21 …the mother of the Zebedee brothers came with her two sons and knelt before Jesus with a request. “What do you want?” Jesus asked. She said, “Give your word that these two sons of mine will be awarded the highest places of honor in your kingdom, one at your right hand, one at your left hand.”