Jesus was surrounded by people every day of his life. But he had twelve friends that he shared life with. He could tell the twelve important stuff and things that others wouldn’t understand. He told them about his soon coming death and resurrection. He couldn’t tell the crowds that he would die. But he told them.
The twelve were his circle of friends. But he had an inner circle within the circle. There was James, John, and Peter. Matthew 17: 1-3 tells the account of Jesus taking James, John, and Peter up a mountain. And while they were up there, he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun. He actually showed them his holiness. And while he was transfigured, Moses and Elijah appeared and talked to Jesus.
He only showed these things to these three men because they were his closest friends. They were the ones that he could literally tell anyone. They knew him better than anyone. When Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane, he took his disciples. But he told all but the three to stay. He took them farther up the hill. They were so close to Jesus, that he said, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” (Matthew 26:38.) He didn’t tell all the disciples that he was sorrowful; only the three.
And I realized that it is important to have close friends. It’s important to have people in your life that you could tell anything. You should have friends that in a life and death situation, you could cal them up and tell them exactly how you feel. Have a lot of friends, but you should have few close friends. I heard a saying once that went something like this, “You should be able to count your best friends on your fingers.” Is that true for you?