The disciple whom Jesus loves…
Did you know that this verse appears 5 times in the gospel of John?
Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved.
When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciples whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!”
Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”
Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea.
Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?”
Did you know that this verse ONLY appears in the gospel of John?
Interesting isn’t it?
John calls himself the disciple whom Jesus loves. He has such a strong sense of God’s love for him that he calls himself such.
How often do I remember that God so loves me? If I do, I think a lot of my angst can be resolved sooner.
Pastor Joseph Prince preached a sermon “Becoming The Disciple Whom Jesus Loved” explaining how focusing on the love that Jesus has for me can transform me from the inside out.
Highlights of the sermon
Which is more unchanging? My love for God or God’s love for me. God’s love for me is unwavering. It is constant. An anchor for me in the storms of my life.
From the story of Abraham offering Isaac on the altar in Genesis 22, we learnt that God commended Abraham for not withholding Isaac and that He considered this act as proof that Abraham loves God.
Have you thought of it another way? That God demonstrated His love for us when He didn’t withhold His son Jesus and gave Him up as a ransom for our salvation.
The thought of God not withholding Jesus from all the pain, suffering and rejection on the Cross brought tears to my eyes and overwhelming love in my heart.