OCTOBER 16 – 22, 2016
“The disciple Jesus loved was sitting next to Jesus at the table.” (John 13:23 NLT)
How do you respond to someone you know loves you? How do you respond to someone you love but are not sure they love you the same? I bet your response will be different in both cases. What about when you love someone and you know they know you love them? Or when you love someone but you know they don’t know how much you love them? Your attitude will be different in each case, wouldn’t it?
Now, if you knew without a doubt at all how much God loves you, would you think some of your thoughts? Would you do some of the things you do? Would you say some of the things you say? Think about it.
Sometime ago, the Lord told me that His people’s problem is that they do not know His love for them. I want to share about someone who knew the love Jesus had for him. His name is John. John was one of Jesus’ disciples. In his book, the Gospel of John, he repeatedly referred to himself as the disciple Jesus loved, as we see in our text above. Did Jesus love him more than the other disciples? I don’t think so.
God has no favourites (Acts 10:34, Romans 2:11). He loves us all the same. This means that Jesus also had no favourites of His disciples. He loved them all the same. It is our perception that determines just how much of God’s love we will experience in our lives.
Out of the four Gospel books: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the book of John is the one that truly reveals the person of Jesus as the Son of God. John is the one who wrote that grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. See John 1:17. That’s a truth we would expect Paul to write.
It appeared the other disciples would ask him to speak with Jesus for them. “The disciple Jesus loved was sitting next to Jesus at the table. Simon Peter motioned to him to ask, “Who’s he talking about? So that disciple leaned over to Jesus and asked, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus responded, “It is the one to whom I give the bread I dip in the bowl.”” (John 13:23-26 NLT). You know, like that child that is so bold and free to talk to daddy, and whenever another child wanted something, they would send this “beloved” child to ask daddy for it. They know daddy would not refuse his “beloved” child.
The truth is that daddy refuses them because they do not know that daddy loves them as much as he loves the child they think is the “beloved” child. Just as Jesus would not answer Peter’s question about John. When Jesus was speaking to Peter and telling him the kind of death Peter would die, Peter asked about the kind of death John would die also. Jesus practically said, “what is your business with John.” See John 21:20-22. Why did Peter want to know? Its because they all believed John was the “beloved” disciple, and so he wanted to know Jesus’ plans for him. I wonder why they thought John was Jesus’ beloved? I believe it is because John thought so and spoke so.
It matters very much that you know just how much your Heavenly Father loves you. It is important that you are persuaded that because He loves you, He is for you and never against you. When we are not confident of His love for us, we act like He is against us when we allow the tricks of the enemy to get to us. When we know just how much He loves us, even He is free to tell us things and do things with us.
This John was the one Jesus handed over his mother, Mary to to take care of her (John 19:27). This John was the one who recognised Jesus after He resurrected and met the disciples fishing (John 21:7). This John was the one Jesus showed very important future events to, which he wrote in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 1:1). So, dear beautiful sister, let this be your everyday consciousness “I am the beautiful girl Jesus loves.” Then watch victory upon victory unveil in your life.
I declare that God’s love for you will be so evident in your life that people will go out of their way to treat you with preference this week. In Jesus’ mighty name. Amen! Rejoice and have an amazing week!