Among the many very deep things there are to learn in the world around us and studying the Bible I think the most amazing is to discover God loves you! The very creator and sustainer of everything–really loves you. Wow! He sooo loves us he sent his only begotten Son so we might have life everlasting with him, and take down the dividing wall between he and us and each other. That is the greatest revelation of all.
The disciple John called himself “the disciple Jesus loved.” This, I believe, is the reason John had such great insight. It seems he was always as close to Jesus as he could get no matter what was going on. He knew, I mean really knew, God loved him and this is why he gained such insight.
John was among the inner three of Jesus’ closest disciples. On the Mount of Transfiguration we read where only Peter, James and John were with Jesus. They were the only three present to witness what must have been a simply magnificent event. Moses and Elijah appeared and talked with Jesus. Moses of course represented the Law and Elijah the prophets. So, right before these three disciples very eyes they are witnessing Jesus being given a position of authority over all the Law and Prophets. The voice of the Father spoke from Heaven and said, “This is my Son, My chosen one; listen to Him!” They are no longer to simply look at the Law or Prophets but to look to whom they were pointing, Jesus Christ himself.
After Jesus told his disciples one of them would betray him; Peter asked John who it was. It seems Peter knew if there was any one of the disciples that would know it would have to be John. John is described at the Last Supper as “the one reclining on Jesus’ bosom.” It seems John was always as close to Jesus as he could get. This is not because he was trying to get him to love him but because he knew how much he already loved him. When you know someone loves you it’s only natural to want to scoot in close to them. John leaned in real close to Jesus and asked him, “Lord who is it?” Isn’t that great? John leaned in close to Jesus and asked him something no one else was apparently comfortable in asking and Jesus told him. When you come to truly see how much God loves you, you don’t have to ask others to tell you what God is saying you can lean in and ask him yourself.
Finally we see John standing at the foot of the cross of Jesus. He was the only one of the twelve disciples present that day. The others ran away in fear. John was given unprecedented understanding and revelation of Jesus Christ. Here at the foot of the cross we see a demonstration of “to whom much is given much is required.” Some of Jesus’ dying words were spoken to John and Mary, Jesus’ mother. “When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” From that hour the disciple took her into his own household.” John knew Jesus loved him and Jesus knew John could be entrusted with his very own Mother. What a beautiful illustration of how all of life is. When we finally see how much God truly loves us we will be given greater and greater insight into God’s mind. Not only will we be given greater and greater insight we will be given greater and greater responsibility. This type of responsibility isn’t a burden though. When you love someone you have no difficulty in doing what they ask of you.
“The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” When we know God loves us his commands aren’t burdensome.
Written by Louie