That the disciples were surprised by the resurrection seem surprising to us. So also, we are surprised that James and John seem so blind to the character of the kingdom. But we often think that they had advantages that we don’t, when, in fact, it is the other way around; we have advantages they didn’t. We know the end of the story. We have the benefit of their ministry and writing and 2000 years of church history since Pentecost to help us with these things. We are dwarves standing on the shoulders of giants, and we are surprised that the giants don’t see as far as we do.
Thy Kingdom Come: Lent and Easter Sermons
David H. Peterson