Christianity is a religion that revolves around relationships. In the New Testament, the authors of the four Gospels go out of their way to show how Jesus interacted with humanity. To fully understand how critical relationships are in Christianity, you need to examine how Jesus related to his family, followers and his disciplines.
Jesus and his family
As the Gospels open with the birth of Jesus, you realize that He was born in an ordinary family and had brothers and sisters who did not always believe in Him. In one instance, his family members even tried to take charge of him thinking that he was out of his mind.Mark 3:21 says, when his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” Even though his own siblings did not always believe he was the Son of God, he was very patient with them and never insulted them.
Jesus and his disciples
Jesus had a very close relationship with his disciples. He was their friend, confidant, and teacher. In Luke 12:4 Jesus refers to his disciples as friends.
“I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more.” (Luke 12:4).
Good friends confide in each other. Jesus confided in his disciples during trying moments. Just before his arrest and crucifixion, he opened up to them about his emotional turmoil. This is how Matthew captures that moment in Matthew 26:36-38
“Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to His disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed.Then He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with me.”
Jesus and his followers
Jesus not only interacted with his disciplines but he also spent time with his friends. John 12 1-2
“Jesus, therefore, six days before the Passover, came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.So they made Him a supper there, and Martha was serving, but Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him.”
In the above text, John takes the time to show that Jesus took the time to interact and dine with his followers and friends such as Lazarus, Mary and Martha.