Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask who it was of whom He spoke. Then, leaning back on Jesus’ breast, he said to Him, Lord who is it? John 13:23-25 NKJV
Jesus brings me back to these verses often. I find my identity in Christ in these words!
In the past when I considered the Apostles I admired Peter the most. I could relate to his personality better than the other Apostles. These verses changed my mind.
Peter is bold and brash. He is courageous and impulsive. Peter is naïve enough to step out in faith without really counting the cost. He has the desire to serve Jesus with all of his heart soul and strength. He is zealous for the Lord without fear or doubt.
Our mission as Christians is to know Jesus Christ and make Him known to the world. Our calling is to grow in relationship with the Lord and help other people grow in their relationship with Jesus.
John is known as the Apostle whom Jesus loved. Didn’t Jesus love all the Apostles? Why is John referred to in such a unique way?
At the last supper John sat next to Jesus. John leaned on the Lord while Jesus spoke. The other Apostle’s had a question for Jesus. They turned to John.
No one was uncomfortable or surprised that John leaned on Jesus. John did things like lean on Jesus all the time. Was John really Jesus’ favorite Apostle?
God is not a respecter of Persons. John is called the Apostle whom Jesus loved because he could freely express his love for Jesus and the extraordinary love Jesus has for him.
Why was John able to express his love for Jesus so freely? John knew Jesus. Jesus’ love for John was not theology. It was reality. Jesus was the foundation of John’s life!
John wrote about Christian love over twenty times in the New Testament. He wrote five of the books in the bible. A great revelation was given to us through John. John shared Jesus’ love with other people. John is in eternity leaning on Jesus today!
God loves you. That is not theology. It is reality. It was reality in John’s day. It is reality today. Jesus wants you to grow so close no one will be surprised when you lean on Him.
I like to think of myself as Jesus’ favorite disciple. It is not that I think Jesus loves me more than other people. He does not. It is not that I think I love Jesus more than others. I don’t. I call myself Jesus’ favorite disciple because I am in desperate need of His love. That is true today more than ever before!
There was a time when I was bold and brash. I thought I could do just about anything. I have learned that I can do nothing apart from Jesus. Have you? I am still learning to lean on Jesus for my every need. Are you? Do you believe you are Jesus’ favorite child?
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