The Brother’s of Thunder
introducing the apostles James and John
based on Mt 4:21-22,
Luke 9:51-56, Mt 20:20-22), John 3:16 , John
by Rev. Frank Schaefer
Today, I want to introduce two apostles to you that
have gone down in the church history books as the “sons of thunder.” If
you have a problem managing your temper or if you live with a person who
does, this sermon might be of special interest to you.
James and his younger brother, John, were the second
pair of brothers that Jesus called into discipleship, right there on the
shores of the lake; they instantly followed Jesus and left their father
Zebedee behind with the family fishing business. Mt 4:21-22:
Going on from there, he saw
two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were
in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called
them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed
James and John first were disciples of Saint John the
Baptist before they followed Jesus. John and James both held prominent
positions among the Apostles. Jesus referred to the pair collectively as "Boanerges"
(translated "sons of thunder")
[Mk 3:17] 
The first time the temper of the two brothers comes
to the fore in the Gospel writings is in
Luke 9:51-56 when James and John wanted
to call down fire on a Samaritan town for not being welcoming to them, but
they were rebuked by Jesus.
As the time approached for
him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.
52 And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan
village to get things ready for him; 53 but the people there
did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. 54
When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want
us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” 55 But Jesus
turned and rebuked them.....
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