The disciples did not understand what Jesus revealed to them about His approaching death. Their minds were closed, but they did have thoughts of the shining thrones promised to them. The mother of James and John came to Him with her sons, prostrating before Him and asking Him to grant her sons to sit on His left hand and on His right hand when He ruled and reigned in His kingdom. They probably imagined that their kinship entitled them to make such a request (John 19:25).They did not recognize the seriousness of their request. They sought honor and power, while Jesus thought of sufferings and redemption. They wished to enjoy privileges and rights, but Christ aimed at atonement. They were worldly, yet He is heavenly. They did not recognize the bitterness of the cup of God’s anger at the whole world’s sins which the Son determined to drink in full.James and John did not recognize the importance of the hour, but thought that Jesus would enter the capital and seize the throne by a miracle in spite of His prophecies about His imminent death. They wanted to provide for themselves the most important share in the kingdom of heaven on earth. They did not observe that they fell into the temptation and trap of the devil, who wanted to provoke Jesus to get upset and act violently. The Lamb of God gently and kindly answered them and assured them that they would partake of His sufferings and death.How often do we, as believers, search for high honors, good employment, high salaries and securities but do not notice the endless column of persecuted or needy followers of Christ passing by us.