And when he came to the house, he allowed no one to enter with him, except Peter and John and James, and the father and mother of the child. (Luke 8:51)
The Sayadi Al-Nas, fishers of men website tells of a mother of twelve who was asked, “Which of your children do you love the most?” She promptly responded, “The one who needs my love the most.”
Peter, James, and John may have been the three that needed Jesus the most. Peter was the most outspoken of the disciples. He was called “the Rock,” not only because he would be the foundation and leader for the first church but also because he was rough around the edges. James and John were named, “Sons of Thunder,” because they had the worst tempers.
Jesus’ inner circle may have also been the three who loved Jesus the most. John was the most affectionate, always wanting to be the closest to Jesus. During the last supper he sat next to Jesus and placed his head on Jesus’ chest. Jesus only revealed His traitor when John asked Him. Jesus revealed His glory at the transformation just with His inner circle. In addition, He showed a moment of grief and depression with His inner circle before His death. “And taking with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee (James and John), He began to show grief and distress of mind and was deeply depressed.” (Matthew 26:37) They were also the three of the Twelve the Book of Acts shows to have the greatest part in the beginnings of the early church.
Those who have the greatest need for Jesus, those who love Him the most, and those who respond to His call will be closest to Jesus.
Father God, I long to be close to Jesus. Let me picture Him suffering like I do, so I know he is real, someone I can cast my cares on. Let me feel His great love for me so I feel comfortable casting my cares on Him and placing my head on His shoulder. Let Him transform me, so I can hear His call and answer it. Show me how to become part of His inner circle. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.