Jesus began to tell his disciples plainly that it was necessary for him to go to Jerusalem, and that he would suffer many terrible things…He would be killed, but on the third day he would be raised from the dead. But Peter…began to reprimand him for saying such things. “Heaven forbid, Lord,” he said. “this will never happen to you!” Matthew 16:21-22
Anywhere you look in the Gospels and find Jesus, you will usually find the disciples. Once Christ left His home in Nazereth and set out to fulfill His earthly ministry, he selected a group of twelve men to accompany Him, teaching them with parables and by his example.
Over the next three years, Jesus talked with them and they talked with Him. With each conversation, each shared experience, He gave them an opportunity to find out more about him and each other. It was all preparation for what He wanted them to do with Him then and eventually through his power.
The group ate together, traveled together, and spent time learning and teaching others together. Most days were busy, but there were quiet times too. Christ made time for his disciples and for others, and they made time for Him. Not a bad example for each of us to take to heart in our daily lives with the people most important to us.
Are you ready to implement this? When did you last spend time talking with your spouse about whatever he or she wanted to talk about? I don’t mean when you’re in the car headed to the movies or a ball game or at the checkout at the grocery store. I mean sitting down with each other, one-on-one, all alone, listening to what your spouse has to say, whether it is what happened that day or the day before. Be prepared, you may be in or a marathon conversation because you have a lot of catching up to do.
Try it. I predict that those moments spent together will be cherished for a long time. And maybe what is said will have far-reaching impact. After all, the impact of the disciples is still being felt throughout the world today.