Thursday, July 11, 2024

You Are That Disciple

"Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved."
John 13:23 (NKJV)

Sometimes parents have a child that they seem to favor more than their other children, which is not a good thing, but it does happen.  Sometimes a teacher will have a favorite student in their class, and that teacher will show favoritism towards that student.  Again, this is not good, but it does happen.  Other children and students, who are not treated as the favorite, normally resent it when special treatment is shown to someone else, but if they were that person who was treated as special, that can be a different story.

The Bible tells us that God is love (1 John 4:8), that God loved the world so much that He sent Jesus to save us from our sin (John 3:16), and there are many other verses that talk about how much God loves us.  But, while this shows us that God is a loving God who shows His love to all, and that God has no favorites and does not show partiality towards anyone (Romans 2:11), it seems strange that in the Gospel of John that the Apostle John would refer to himself as the disciple Jesus loved.  How can this be correct?

In the Gospel of John, John refers to himself as "the disciple whom Jesus loved."  While that sounds like John thought that he was the only one that Jesus loved, by looking at the relationship that John had with Jesus, we can see that it is just that John understood how much Jesus loved him.  And this is not something that only John could say, we can say it too, because we are all the disciple that Jesus loves!  We need to know who we are in Christ, we need to understand how much God loves us, and know we too can say that we are the disciple that Jesus loves!

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