"And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him."
(Matthew 4:21-22 KJV)
James, the son of Zebedee was a disciple of Jesus Christ who with his brother John and their father, were fisherman on the Sea of Galilee before being called by Jesus to become "fishers of men." James was better educated than Peter, who was a partner with his brother Andrew in their business of fishing. James and his brother were known as the "Sons of Thunder", James, John and Peter made up the inner circle around Jesus. While we don't know much about James, we do know that he was older than John and that his mother's name was Salome. There is some evidence that James was a first cousin of Jesus Christ and had grown up with Him. Mary, Jesus' mother, may have been a sister to Salome. James' mother asked that Jesus command that her sons would sit next to Him in heaven but Jesus denied the authority (Matthew 20:20-23 KJV).
We don't know much about James' ministry after Jesus Christ's resurrection but we do know he lived another 11 years. Apparently, James visited the slaves in Spain and preached to them and to the Jewish colony there. In 44 AD, Herod Agrippa sent out an order to have him executed on the feast of Passover (Acts 12:1-3 KJV) which
made him the first apostle to suffer martyrdom.
The scripture says little about the personality and activities of James. Together with his brother, John, he offered (and was forbidden) to pray down fire on a village that had refused Jesus hospitality (Luke 9:54). The two brothers and their former fishing partner, Peter, were the most trusted of the disciples. Jesus took them as the sole witnesses at His transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-2), the raising of Jairus' daughter (Luke 8:51) and His prayer in the garden just before His arrest (Matthew 26:36-37). James was not as impetuous as Peter nor perhaps as steadfast as John but he was always available and willing when Jesus called. We would do well to be as obedient and reliable as James.
Join us at LWBC as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard to tell everyone about Jesus Christ and His salvation. We start with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. Our programs include Bible Study groups along with AWANA for children on Sunday evening at 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM. Wednesday at 7:00 PM is Prayer Requests and Bible Study. Let's see what we can do and learn!
Flo & Bill