Peter, James & John Pt. 1
Daily Devotional for January 28th
While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe. And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James. Mark 5:35-37
God does not play favorites. He loves you as much as the apostles. He loves you no less that anyone else. In verses like these, many people swiftly run to the thoughts that Jesus was preferring three above the other disciples. It must be understood that if great experiences come to you, it is because you either sought and asked the Lord for that understanding or that revelation is necessary for that person’s individual calling and not because God has respect to persons. Acts 10:34, Romans 2:11, Ephesians 6:9, Colossians 3:25, & James 2:9.
Jesus was enroute to heal Jairus’ daughter. That circumstance went from a need for healing to a need for resurrecting. In this account, we see all three disciples mentioned by each of their individual names. This is the first of about three instances where Jesus would bring Peter, James and John into deeper experiences than the rest. The Lord will pull you at times in places so that you can see His greater wonders. While some may not be interested in the things of God, still yet many are. Are you content with a little bit of bible reading and bedtime prayer or does your soul long for God and cannot be satisfied with the religious status quo? If so, you will experience things that the masses will not experience.
What made this event any different than others? This is the first recorded raising from the dead and only three disciples would be able to witness it first hand. Do you desire a closer walk with Jesus? Do you desire deeper truths? God is always in the process of pulling us closer. However, the bible also teaches if we draw nigh unto God, and He will draw nigh to you. James 4:8. This verse plainly teaches that you, as a believer, make the first move. When you step toward God, He will step toward you.
Is it possible that Peter, James and John were deeper in their walk with God than the other nine? In your walk with the Lord, your desire to grow deeper and know more about how to walk and please God will prompt the Lord to lead you into situations where you’ll see Him do things that others will not get to see. Not because He prefers you over others, but because you strove in prayer and desired to know. Do you hunger to experience God? If so, Jesus will pull you, draw you, and place you in the room of Jairus’ daughter so you can see, not an average healing, but a resurrection from the dead that will leave you astonished but see the power of God in such a way that you’ll not doubt that Jesus is able to do ALL things and nothing is too big or too hard for Him!