John 13:23 (MKJV) But there was one of His disciples leaning upon Jesus’ bosom, the one whom Jesus loved.
Wow! That is a bold statement, my friends! Out of all the disciples, John was conscience of the Lord Jesus’ love for him. He said I am, “The One Whom Jesus Loved!”
Please know, there is a difference in saying “I Love the Lord” and saying “I Am the one whom Jesus, The Lord Loves”!
The first one is based on our love for The Lord, which can be fickle at times.
The second one ☝️ is based on God’s faithful, never ending, Father to His children, undying love for us.
The problem with the first one, is we are sometimes changed by our circumstances, (that being, in what we say). We know we shouldn’t be and if questioned, we would surely declare we are not like all the others. Who have said, “They love the Lord.”
But situations change, which can shake us to the core, (even if it’s for just a brief moment in time). Then if we have found ourselves in this situation, we may have made a mistake in our judgment and said something that we later regret.
Hopefully, if this had happened to any of us. We would immediately reevaluate our position and fall right back into the arms of Grace, of our loving Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 🙏
If so, we would now find ourselves in a state of repentance. That is, to change our mind and direction and follow after the things of God, and His love for us, once again.
My friends, Jesus had 12 disciples. Each one with different types of personalities and/or backgrounds. Ranging anywhere from a tax collector to fishermen. So, no doubt! Jesus had a lot to deal with. 🙂
One of His disciples was outspoken and kind of a loud mouth, (so to speak). 🙂 But the good thing is, he was always zealous towards the Lord. He was also one of the ones who said, he would never deny the Lord, even if it meant his death.
Let’s take a look at this scriptural settings regarding this disciple and the other eleven.
Mat 26:33-35 (ISV) But Peter told him, “Even if everyone else turns against you, I certainly won’t!”
Mat 26:34 Jesus told him, “I tell you with certainty, before a rooster crows this very night, you will deny me three times.”
Mat 26:35 Peter told him, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the disciples said the same thing.
We always quote this story saying, Peter spoke up and said “I will never deny You.”
But verse 35 says all of the disciples said the same thing.
My friends, we will pick up here in our next post and we will see what we need to do. So, that we can also say, “I am the one whom Jesus loves!”.
In addition, we will also see what the difference is, in the two statement meanings (from the beginning of this post). As well as, when applied properly in our life, how they will make us conscience of the love ❤️ of God for each one of us.
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