W. Austin Gardner
Teaching the twelve
It was with the Twelve that Jesus taught his most important lessons:
• What true greatness means (Mark 9:35)
• What love looks like (John 13:1–38)
• How to spread the gospel in word and deed (Luke 10; Mark 9)
Moreover, many of the high points in Jesus’ life and ministry occurred exclusively with the Twelve:
• When the crowds didn’t understand a parable, he shared the meaning with his disciples (Mark 4:34).
• He revealed his power to the Twelve when he calmed the wind and the waves (Matt. 8:23–27).
• After he fed the five thousand, the Twelve were the only ones left (John 6:67).
• He predicted his arrest and death to the Twelve (Matt. 20:17–19).
• He shared private information with the Twelve (John 13–17).
• He ate his Last Supper with the Twelve (Matt. 26:20).
• He sent out the Twelve and debriefed with them only (Luke 9:1–11).
• After the resurrection, he appeared specifically to the Twelve before appearing to others (Luke 24:30–36; 1 Cor. 15:5).
Bobby Harrington, Discipleship That Fits