Matthew 17:1-3 After six days 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. (NIV)
Mark 14:32-34 They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray.” He took Peter and James and John with him, and he became deeply troubled and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” (NLT)
The inner circle of three is the most intensive form of covenant community in our lives. Jesus had this in Peter, James, and John. At the transfiguration, and again in Gethsemane, as well as numerous other times, Jesus focuses on these three to teach and share with, and so modeling how we should life as well. This type of close friendship, sharing successes and failures, hopes and fears, confidence and doubt, is one of the ways God speaks into our lives, and speaks through us into the lives of others.