November 9, 2010
The structure of the Master’s social life is made evident in his Gethsemane experience (Mark 14:32-42). Notice that the words Christ says to his disciples in verse 32, “Sit here while I pray,” are much less confiding than what he said to Peter, James, and John. “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.” (14:34). Jesus moved farther away from them and prayed a prayer so intimate between him and the Father. Christ stepped away to be one-on-one with God as he let loose a trembling heart cry. “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” (14:36).
In the presence of all the disciples, Jesus did not show his trembling emotions. Instead, he was his usual leadership-Jesus (14:32). In the presence of the top three, the Master expressed his feelings, but only with limited confidence (14:33-34). It was in his alone-time with God that Jesus was truly transparent with his anxiety about the cross (14:35-36). He expressed his full feelings to God.
The saint must also develop that social life structure. The Messiah loved all people but confided in a small number (the twelve). He had an even deeper confidence in Peter, James, and John, but it was ultimately before the Father that he was completely transparent.
The saint must do two things that Jesus did: Develop a core group of godly friends (a clique) who they can express themselves to, and, like the Master, learn how to have a completely transparent heart before God.
(See also: 1 Samuel 16:7, 1 Kings 8:39, 1 Chronicles 28:9, 2 Chronicles 6:30, Psalms 44:21, Proverbs 21:2, 24:12, Jeremiah 11:20, 17:10, 20:12, Luke 9:47, 16:15, Acts 1:24, 15:8, Romans 8:27, and 1 Thessalonians 2:4).