It is very obvious that James and John had on their minds the concept of the glorious/ triumphant Jesus. That’s why they both wanted to sit beside Him in His glory. However there is another side of Jesus that we often miss to see and follow. That side is the suffering Jesus; we must not let ourselves be blurred by the triumphant Jesus let us also walk through Jesus’ sufferings.
Jesus asked both James and John: “Can you drink the cup that I drink?” they said yes but I doubt if they would have still said yes if they saw the sufferings that Jesus had to walk through. To follow Jesus is not easy; we have to swallow our pride, we have to take orders from people whom we think doesn’t deserve to tell us what to do. We have to shed our ego and be full of humility. This is the kind of cup that Jesus have in His possession.
Can we share and drink in that cup of sufferings also?