We’ve all heard the story and missed the miracle—God begins his greatest work by including us. Even though we bungled it so badly the first time, back in Eden. Once again he shares in the excitement. Come with me, you have a part in this—the re-creation of the world.
Everyone who hears about Jesus hears about “the Twelve,” and can probably name Peter, Matthew, James and John, certainly Judas. Jesus and “his disciples” go hand in hand. Right here from the start, he acts like it’s not all about him. He shares the stage, shares the spotlight. He shares his glory: “I have given them the glory that you gave me” (John 17:22). He even shares his suffering. The crown of thorns, the cross—is this not the noblest part of his whole life, the very thing we most worship him for? Even in this he offers to us, “the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings” (Phil. 3:10). It is an honor I cannot begin to fathom.