As with the previous chapters so far, I’m certainly picking up on a few tidbits of information that I didn’t necessarily see the first time reading our book, “Twelve Ordinary Men”. This week is another prime example.
Our reading this week covers chapter 4, James: The Apostle of Passion. Admittedly, I skimmed most of the chapter for this week’s preparation but my mind focused in about mid-way through when our author describes the ambition of both James and John (and their mother, Salome). More specifically, it seems like the brothers felt as part of Jesus’ inner circle that they were well-deserving of sitting on the kingdom’s throne alongside Jesus. In fact, Salome is described as a willing participant in the notion of directly asking our Savior for those seats.
Jesus, however, replies, “Are you able to drink the cup that I drink and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with…” (MacArthur, p. 91)
So….if that’s not the ultimate “can you walk the walk or just talk the talk” then I don’t know what is!
David Parker leads us this week as we go over the story of James. Great reading well beyond the sample story I mentioned above.
Join us this week, beginning at 7:30 am at the Cornwell Center for fellowship. David will start our lesson promptly at 7:45 am.