J. O. Sanders, Enjoying Intimacy with God, Moody, p. 19
G. C. Morgan wrote concerning the special three: "There can be no doubt that these men, Peter, James, and John, were the most remarkable in the apostolate. Peter loved Him; John He loved; James was the first to seal his testimony with his blood. Even their blunders proved their strength. They were the men of enterprise; men who wanted thrones and places of power...Mistaken ideas, all of them, and yet proving capacity for holding the keys and occupying the throne. What men from among that first group reign today as these men?
On four special occasions, Jesus admitted them to experiences from which they learned precious lessons. On the occasion of the raising of Jairus's daughter (Luke 8:51>), they were granted a preview of their Lord's mastery over death ... On the mount of transfiguration (Matt. 17:1>), they gained clearer insight into the importance of His impending death ... On the Mount of Olives (Mark 13:3>), they marveled at His prophetic discernment ... In the Garden of Gethsemane (Matt. 26:37>), they glimpsed in the sufferings of the Savior something of the cost of their salvation..."