What does the Bible mean by the “The Disciple Jesus Loved”?
Mike Donehey explains how, as Christians, we aren’t defined by our successes or our failures, but we are defined by what He did for us at the cross. We can look at ourselves in the mirror and say to ourselves, “I am the disciple that Jesus loves.”
The lead singer of Tenth Avenue North, Donehey tells a story of his experience at Sunday School in his youth. He said the Sunday School teacher put a huge emphasis on the disciple John being the “one that Jesus loved” as if He didn’t love the other disciples as much. That left Mike feeling kind of left out, like Jesus already had a best friend.
As he grew in his faith, he began to realize something. John is described as the one Jesus loved in the book that John himself wrote. In other words, John called himself the one Jesus loved in his own writings. Why did he do this? Why didn’t he call himself by his name, or as the one who stood by Christ until the last?
What if John called himself the one who Jesus loved because that’s what defined him?
In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
1 John 4:10
God’s love for us is truly amazing, don’t you think?
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