Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them.
And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James.
After Peter, the brothers, James and John, completed the inner circle of Christ. They were allowed to witness key moments and miracles nine other men did not.
Was their fervor one reason Christ chose them? Because their nickname implies they were bold.
Note: Bold people are most often doers. They are the first to stand up and step out.
Note: The brothers suggested the destruction of an unfriendly Samaritan town.*
Note: They and their mom made a brassy request: for the top seats in His coming kingdom.*
Note: James as the first disciple to die and John, who wrote great Bible Books, was last.
Yet in spite of their bold imperfections, both of these brothers were heroes of faith: living out the Example of Jesus, building up the new church after His death, enduring hatred and persecution and giving their lives for the greater good.
To Be Continued...
* Jesus denied both of these wrong-hearted requests, explained why they were wrong, loved James and John exceedingly--and gave them starring roles in His ministry.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.