James was one of the “inner three” disciples of Jesus, who was nicknamed by Jesus as “sons of thunder” along with his brother John. Assuming Christ called them this because of their intensity and fiery disposition, our Lord obviously saw something in James that would prove useful to the early growth of the church. During the three years James followed Christ, he witnessed things that very few others saw, such as the transfiguration and resurrections from the dead. James matured during this time and was the first apostle we have a record of being martyred for his faith. Whether he sat at the Lord’s right hand or not, he seems to have grown content with whatever role he had in the first century and dedicated his life to the Lord.