Immediately following Jesus predicting his death, James and John, along with their mother, petitioned Jesus to have the boys sit on the Lord's right and left hand in his kingdom (his glory). I’ve always thought this meant sitting on the Lord’s right and left hand in heaven. However, it occurs to me that when learning of the Lord’s impending death, these boys thought someone needed to be in charge…and it should be them. It stands to reason that if the Lord endorsed them while he was alive, these boys would have a place of authority and honor on earth, as well as in heaven. Jesus called the disciples together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all” (Mark 10:42-44 NIV).