I can identify with the disciples of Jesus. On the one hand, we can look at them and say, man, they had the dream job. They were able to spend three years of their life with Jesus.
On the other hand, they spent three years with Jesus.
I mean think about it, these twelve imperfect, sinful men spent three years with perfection.
I am not implying that Jesus tried to make them look bad.
It is just the fact of how could they not look bad in the face of perfection.
Please read the following verses for some examples of what I am talking about.
24 Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!
25 Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
26 Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?”
27 Jesus replied, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”
28 Peter said to him, “We have left all we had to follow you!”
29 “I tell you the truth,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God 30 will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life.”
31 Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled.
32 He will be handed over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him, spit on him, flog him, and kill him.
33 On the third day, he will rise again.”
34 The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about.
I would have been right there with the twelve asking questions of Jesus, saying I don’t understand. There were many times the disciples did not understand what Jesus was talking about? Jesus would have been looking at me when He would ask, are you so dull as to not understand what I am teaching.
And as we see in this passage, sometimes the disciples were kept from knowing what Jesus was saying.
Please be careful not to romanticize the disciple’s position. Certainly, it was a great opportunity.
But there were many heartaches and sorrows; the greatest being when Jesus gave His life for the sins of the world.