October 5, 2013

The Rev. G. David Henderson: Special intimacies with Jesus

— All the many Scripture references in today’s devotional prove that a person can have spiritual and ministerial intimacies with Jesus that other followers of Jesus and ministers don’t have. Such persons get to know spiritual secrets that Jesus doesn’t tell others (Psalms 25:14). Only Jesus chooses our spiritual intimacies with him.

This truth is taught in the thirteenth chapter of Matthew. Multitudes had gathered to hear Jesus preach. Jesus told a fictional story (parable) about gardeners sowing their seed. Such story had hidden spiritual messages that would better the morality and ministries of the many thousands listening to his sermon.

When Jesus finished telling the parable, he immediately sent the thousands to their homes without interpreting the parable to them. They probably angrily murmured all the way back to their homes that they didn’t understand one word in Jesus’ sermon because he didn’t interpret its spiritual meaning to the crowd.

After the multitude had left, Jesus explained the spiritual meaning of his sermon only to his 12 apostles in total privacy. Such is an example of having personal, private intimacy with Jesus that readers of this devotional can also have with Jesus, that other followers of Jesus aren’t privileged to have with him.      

Another biblical example of people who had special spiritual intimacies that others weren’t privileged to have with Jesus is that out of the 12 apostles of Jesus, he took only three (Peter, James and John) to the top of a mountain. While on top of the mountain, Moses and Elijah, who died thousands of years previously, appeared with Jesus on the mountain and talked about his soon death on the cross. Jesus’ skin and clothes shined as bright as the sun. All other nine apostles of Jesus at the foot of the mountain were not privileged to experience such spiritual intimacy.

When Jesus went to a house to resurrect a little girl, he only allowed Peter, James and John to go into the bedroom with him. All other nine apostles were not privileged to see the secret method Jesus used to resurrect the little girl. Before Jesus left the bedroom, he commanded the three apostles  to not tell anyone (not even the other nine apostles) how he resurrected the little girl. Such is another biblical example of intimacies with Jesus that others are not privileged to have with him.

Jesus, knowing he would soon be crucified unto death, took with him only those same three apostles (Peter, James and John) into Gethsemane Garden for them to help him mentally and emotionally cope about his fears of being murdered on the cross. The other nine apostles were not privileged to help Jesus with his fears that were so intense that they caused Jesus to hemorrhage blood.

These spiritual intimacies that only Peter, James and John experienced with Jesus qualified the three apostles as foundational leaders for his new worldwide religion (Galatians 2:9)! Such is also the prestige of other followers of Jesus who have a special intimate relationship with him that others are not privileged to have. Wherever you discover Jesus’ intimacy with you, you will also have found his same ministerial authority and power to use in your ministries.

The Rev. G. David Henderson is the pastor of Temple of the Lord at 611 S. Green St. in Dalton. You can reach him at angelsfood@optilink.us. His column appears on the first Saturday of the month.