Whom Jesus Loved


John had a favored relationship with Jesus, but God has made that same intimacy available to us. We just need to stay close to Him to receive it.

One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table at Jesus' side, so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. So that disciple, leaning back against Jesus, said to him, “Lord, who is it?” (John 13:23-25 ESV)

Oh my word, how I love that passage. I can read it again and again. Forget romance novels . . . this is the stuff that moves my heart strings!

Can’t you just feel the intimacy in this moment? Can you imagine what it was like to be John? Can you?

Today as I was chewing on this passage once again, I felt so convicted. I wondered if I was presently clinging to the Lord close enough that if someone had a question about what Jesus was saying would they turn to me to seek clarification. Would anyone ask me to go to Him on their behalf? Was I presently in a position that I could easily lean against Him and whisper my inquiry in a hushed tone?

John had a favored relationship with Jesus to be sure! But God has made that same intimacy available to us.  We just need to stay close to Him.

Father, oh how Your love letter never ceases to bring chills and thrills. What a special moment You shared with us, and how You even illustrated the body language, giving us a sweet glimpse into the scene. Help us to dare to sit so close to You that we can rest against You, and be able to whisper our secret questions straight into Your loving, listening ear. Amen!

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