He gathered together a band of disciples who spent all their time, day and night, with one another and with him. They needed to be with him because they were full of problems. And he was the one who had the solution. So he created an environment in which they could share everything — not just their possessions, but their joys, their hurts, and their problems, too. This is what fellowship is.
Yahshua got his twelve handpicked disciples together and kept them with him all the time. They shared a common life with him, The Man. They learned the way their Master thought. They learned how he related to his Father in heaven. They saw him face impossible difficulties and overcome. They knew deeply what it meant when he said that he couldn’t do anything apart from his Father. They knew where his power came from. He proved to them that he had no advantage over them or any other disciple. He didn’t use any special divine privileges. He did everything as a man who had fellowship with his Father in heaven.
He came to them as the Light of the world. He showed them the way to be real human beings. But it wasn’t enough for him just to show them the way to live. He also had to prepare them to live it. He had to deal with all of the false things they had learned. These weren’t just false ideas of what God was like, or what it meant to be holy, or things like that. He had to deal with their false and hurtful ways of living. So he kept them with him and with one another until all the false ways in them came to the light.
During the years that they lived with him they got totally exposed. Their hidden motives came out. Their shallowness, their worldly ambitions, their selfish refusal to suffer — it all came to the light. All their false concepts of being the handpicked messengers of the Messiah, the future rulers of Israel, got totally torn down. It was a time of intense training. They fought with one another, got their feelings hurt, pouted, sulked, argued, resented one another, gossiped about each other — until every false way came out of them and was exposed. Then they finally got down to being who they were meant to be. They lost their false faces. They arrived at a proper understanding of themselves. They left behind all their thoughts of being superior and special and learned to accept themselves and each other for who they really were. They saw that by themselves, apart from depending upon their Father in heaven, they were a hopeless mess. They understood in their experience that without him they couldn’t do anything. Now he had something to work with.