Summary: This is part three of a seven-part series on Jesus’ disciples and the principles of discipleship. This message focuses on Bartholomew, James, Thaddeus and Simon.
I want you to imagine for a few minutes that you have been invited to the White House and the President is having lunch with you. You are sitting in on his cabinet meeting and they are talking about some foreign issues and they are dealing with some internal issues. They have brought lunch in and it is from Texas. It is some chili dogs and maybe some french fries. He is feeling really good that afternoon and things are going well. While you are eating the chili dog and gathering around with the Minister of Defense and the Secretary of State, you are eating and you don’t realize that you have a little bit of chili on the side of your face. You notice that the President gets up and comes around the table and takes your napkin and he begins to wipe off the corner of your mouth and clean up that area of your face. Then the President of the United States goes around the room and he is cleaning people up from the chili dog stains. You realize how shocked you are from that action. You think I cannot believe this is happening. The President does not do that, this is odd, this is weird, and this is not supposed to be happening. Where is the secret service and body guards?
That is exactly what the disciples felt like that evening before Jesus was suppose to be betrayed, led away, given a mock trial, go to a cross and die for the sins of the world and then be resurrected for our new life. That is exactly what they felt like that evening as their teacher became a servant to them. They tried to stop Jesus because it just didn’t seem right and Jesus looks at them and says a few words that are going to be key this morning. He says if your teacher and your master will do this for you what should you do for others being the student or the disciple? That is what we have been learning about over the last six weeks. We have been looking at the twelve. They were common men with an uncommon calling. They were twelve ordinary men that were given an extraordinary opportunity to join a journey with Jesus the Messiah, the Christ, the Teacher, the master teacher. We have looked at some of the different disciples so far. We have looked at the first big four. They were James and John, the brothers and Andrew and Peter who were also brothers. They had more access to Jesus. Then there were four others who were Matthew, Thomas, Phillip and Judas Iscariot.
Next there were the four out of the twelve that are somewhat the unknown disciples. They were chosen by Jesus but they did not write any books of the Bible, there is not a sermon recorded by them in scripture, they didn’t give out some major truth, and they didn’t really inspire a lot of parables. You don’t know much about them beyond the list that Jesus gives us in the gospels of the ones that He selected, but Jesus invited them on the journey with Him and as Jesus spoke to their hearts, there was a magnetic thing that happened on the inside and they wanted to follow this teacher. He was unlike the other teachers that they were brought up around and unlike those who claimed to know the truth. This teacher actually knew the truth and He was the truth.