37 He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.
Every church I have been a part of had four distinct groups of people. These four groups have their corollaries with the stories of Jesus’ followers in the New Testament.
First, there are Peter, James, and John. Next, there are the twelve disciples. Then, there are the seventy. Finally, there is the crowd. Each of these groups come to Jesus for different reasons. Of course, none of these are bad, and over the course of our lives we might transition from one group to another and back again.
Reflect on where you are in the your life with the community. And don’t feel bad if you are farther out than you want to be. Rather, give thanks that you are there and listen to what Jesus has to say. Because no matter who you are, Jesus has something to say.
The Rev. Jimmy Abbott