How to Have Incredible Fellowship in Your Church, part 12
Fellowship among the disciples and Jesus. I’ve often imagined what that might have been like. It must’ve been pretty sweet.
“Why is there a picture of a fish sandwich? His blog is weird.”
In my book, Journey to Freedom, I speculate what that might have looked like. I think Jesus needed and wanted fellowship.
Jesus needing fellowship?
Yes, that’s right. Remember, He is fully human, too. And every human is created with this need. And being fully God, He wanted it.
So I’m thinking that Christ desired fellowship from two different aspects: human and divine.
Luke 10 describes the 70 disciples that followed Jesus. He sent them out in two’s. But I’m thinking about what His fellowship with them might have been like. What did it look like on a day-to-day basis. Of course, Scripture doesn’t mention this, but with Jesus’ perfect character, it must’ve been fantastic!
There was a level of intimacy He must’ve had with the 70. They followed Him, listened to Him, and were obedient to Him. And He entrusted them to go out before Him into every city.
Jesus had His inner circle. Affectionately known as The Twelve. Three and a half years, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They didn’t stay in resorts, they camped outside. They ate around camp fires. Peter cooked fish sandwiches for dinner–caught in the Sea of Galilee. But their fellowship had to have been wonderful.
Jesus knew their every thought, their motives, and still showing the perfect agape to them. How awesome.
Their discussions were deep and honest. Not much could be hidden. They probably even noticed an arrogance in Judas. But then again, Peter had foot-in-mouth disease.
This fellowship was sweet. Deep. Wonderful.
But Jesus chose, for some reason, 3 to share more life with. Peter, James, and John. They saw Him at the Transfiguration. Jesus asked these 3 to be with Him in the Garden to pray before His arrest. These 3 experienced a deeper fellowship with Christ. Everything was on the table. Nothing was withheld.
And Jesus craved this perfect fellowship with His 3. It was deeper. Incredibly intimate.
The disciple whom Jesus loved. The disciple who sat closest to Jesus at the Last Supper–probably every supper. The only disciple who stood next to Jesus’ mom at His crucifixion.
Jesus had one disciple with whom He shared life. An incredible friendship that is bonded in perfect agape.
A fellowship unlike any other on the earth.
And it shouldn’t surprise us that it was this disciple–John–who, years later, wrote about fellowship. 1 John.
What About Us?
Jesus seemed to have a special pattern: 70, 12, 3, 1. What about us?
Please don’t misunderstand me here. I’m not saying we are commanded to find our own 70, 12, 3, and 1. But we are commended to enjoy God’s perfect fellowship with Him and with one another.
So what if we decided to find ours? What would that look like?
What if you had your 70, 12, 3, and 1? How different would you be?
How different would your church be?
Let’s dig deeper into this…
Feedback! What thoughts do you have about Jesus’ relationship with His disciples? How would church be if we were like this?
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