Jesus had a Entourage

If you’re like most people, you have a pretty big number of acquaintances, then you have a smaller number of friends, two or three close friends and last but not least you have one best friend.

Jesus was just like us concerning acquaintances and friends. In Luke 10, He had His 72 acquaintances that He sent out two by two ahead of Him. He had His twelve friends, better known as the twelve disciples. Then He had His three close friends, Peter, James and John and last, His best friend, John.

The Twelve Disciples – Jesus’ Twelve Friends

Jesus could have spent His time with anybody while He was on this earth. If we had that choice today, most of us would choose a group of famous friends or friends with tons of money. Some of us might choose to be seen with royalty.

Jesus didn’t care about any of that. He chose to spend most of His time with an assorted and diverse group of men. This ragtag group ranged from Judas Iscariot, the most famous double agent in history who betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver to Nathanael, a man who, Jesus Himself said, had absolutely no deceit.

Jesus included in His group a dishonest, greedy tax collector named Matthew and Thomas, who stated emphatically concerning Jesus’ resurrection, “There’s no way I’m going to believe this unless I personally see the wounds of the nails in his hands, touch them with my finger, and put my hand into the wound of His side where he was pierced!” (John 20:25)

And we’ve all heard of Peter, who in today’s society would no doubt be labeled bipolar for going from one extreme to the other. Peter is the first to see and declare that Jesus is the Son of God, but moments later, he takes Jesus aside and actually rebukes Him for saying that He would suffer and die. At the last supper, Peter bravely declares that he will never leave Jesus and will be faithful unto death but then, hours later, he denies that he even knew Jesus not once but three times.

Then there were the brothers, James and John who had their mother ask Jesus to grant them the privilege to sit next to Him in His kingdom. They were also the two who asked Jesus if He wanted them to call down fire from Heaven to burn up a group of Samaritans for not being nice to Him, earning them the nick name, the Sons of Thunder.

Last, we all have those friends that no one really talks about but we love them just the same! Jesus had five of them: Andrew, Peter’s brother, Philip, James, son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas, son of James.

I think it’s safe to say that Jesus was the first to have a group called The Motley Crew!

The Inner Circle – Jesus’ Close Friends

For His inner circle, Jesus chose the very extreme Peter and the Sons of Thunder, James and John! They got to see things the rest of the disciples didn’t. They were the only ones that witnessed Jesus be transfigured which was described in Matthew 17:1-3:

“…Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.”

Many people try to theorize why Jesus chose Peter, James and John as His inner circle. I believe the main reason was that those three needed Jesus more. Peter was brash and impulsive. James and John were prideful, self-seeking, and judgmental. Jesus saw gifts past all their flaws and wanted to bring those gifts to the surface.

John – Disciple that Jesus Loved

John was special to Jesus and Jesus did love him but of course, Jesus loved all His disciples. Jesus was closer to John because John wanted to be closer to Jesus. John is referred to as the Disciple whom Jesus loved several times, however, everyone of those times is by John himself in the Gospel of John.

One thing really stands out for me that illustrates the closeness of Jesus and John and that’s when Jesus is up on the cross and He wants to make sure His mother will be cared for after He is gone, John is the one He chooses for that role. That shows not only love but a high level of trust.

You can be a Friend of Jesus

If you really pay attention when you read the New Testament, you’ll notice that Jesus was close to people who desired to be close to Him. I think about how cool it would be to have been able to hang out with Jesus while He was on the earth. I would have had to be in the inner circle and I would have pushed past everyone else and been sitting beside Him at the Last Supper. But I can’t go back in time so I’m going to draw close to Him now.

If you have never experienced God’s presence, be tenacious about it and pursue Him in worship. His presence is better than any drug I ever tried. It’s better than anything else. It’s what keeps me going when nothing else can. Pursue Him with everything that’s in you, It’s worth it!

Please feel free to leave any questions or comments you have at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

Yours In Christ,

Shiloh Mandi Griffin, M.Ed.

Founder of

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8 comments on “Jesus had a Entourage

  1. Katie

    This is a great approach to Jesus and his disciples. I never really thought about it in that way. I will go back and read this again with a new awareness. It helps to put it in a different light. Thanks so much!

    1. Shiloh Griffin Post author

      Thank you Katie for your kind comment! You are right. It does help to put it in a different light. I think we all sometimes forget that the people in the bible were just like us just in a different time!

  2. Kelly Anders

    This was a great article! Makes you feel better about your own “motley crew” of friends. I definitely tend to have a variety of people in my group of aquaintences and “12” (my family, siblings are a motley crew themselves)! The revelation I got from this article is how human Jesus is. I mean, we are quite aware of his majesty, but I sometimes forget that He was all God and all human. He really experienced everything we do. He can sympathize, empathize with us and He paid the ultimate price by laying down HIs life for each of us, without opening His mouth! He understands when we hurt, or when we are angry, hungry, or any other emotion bc He experienced them as well. What a beautiful advocate we have!! Thanks Shiloh! Keep up the great work! God bless you!

    1. Shiloh Griffin Post author

      Thank you Kelly! It is so wild to think that Jesus was God but also all man… all God & all man! It’s hard to wrap your mind around it.

      God Bless You Too!

  3. Sefe

    Great article. It challenges me as a person today of who I surround myself with. Friends can be a big impact in your life , they can impower you or just take you down and destroy you. I wonder what road I would’ve taken when Jesus was walking earth? I hope by his side but it’s easy to say that. I guess your right will draw him closer today.

    1. Shiloh Griffin Post author

      You are so right, Sefe! Friends can make or break you! My Pastor always says, “You show me your friends and I’ll show you who you’ll be in 10 years!”

      Thanks for sharing your comment, Sefe!

  4. Missy

    I feel like I do the same thing – I spend time with people who want to spend time with me and I’m friends with people who want to be friends with me. It’s cool to know that Jesus was the same way. While I haven’t read the Bible in about 20 years and I’m really rusty on the stories in it, it does make me feel closer to Jesus by reading this post about his friendships and his reasons behind them.

    1. Shiloh Griffin Post author

      Oh wow! I’m so glad that made you feel closer to Jesus. That is the number one goal of my website. It is really cool to see that we are the same way as Jesus, isn’t it? He really was a person just like us… He ate and drank and even used the bathroom. It’s also really awesome to know He can relate to our weaknesses!

      Thanks for sharing, Missy!


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