John 13:23 – Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.
What I write about today is confidence – supreme confidence – the kind of confidence one has when one is convinced beyond ALL doubt that one is loved. We know from reading the surrounding text of our Text for Today, and the surrounding texts of our Manna for Today, the name of the disciple referenced in all these passages. It was John. Imagine that. The writer of the Gospel of John, the epistles of First, Second, and Third John, and Revelation wrote these words about himself. At this point I ask you, do you believe in the divine inspiration of the Word of God as having been given to men of God by direct inspiration of Holy Ghost? If you do, you must accept that for John to write these words found at least FIVE times in the Gospel of John, he was inspired of Holy Spirit to write them. That means there is something here the Lord wants us to know, believe, and live.
Think for a moment about this Apostle of God named John. He was the son of Zebedee, brother of James, and disciple of Jesus. He wrote five books of the Bible. He was in the closest inner circle of Apostles of the Lamb, among the three, Peter, James, and John. All three of these Apostles came to deep and precious revelations of Who Jesus was and the work of redemption He performed. But it seems that John’s revelation, particularly the one he spoke of in the Gospel of John was the fact that Jesus loved him. And not only did he have that revelation, he was in no way ashamed, bashful, or even hesitant to speak and write about it. Have you considered the boldness of John in the words he penned? I am sure he was aware that Jesus loved them all, but on at least five occasions in which it is written, John referred to himself as the “one Jesus loved.”
That revelation does not belong to John only. It belongs to every believer. But while it belongs to all believers, it is so sad that many believers are not aware of it. Others are aware of it, but for numerous reasons don’t believe it. And there are those who know it, and believe it, but are not bold enough to lay hold of it by speaking it forth as a declaration of their faith. I urge you, my dear reader friend, take hold of this revelation. Jesus loves you. If you were the only person on the earth who needed the redemptive work of Calvary, Jesus would have done it for you. Believe it and let your faith be anchored in it. And be bold enough to make it a part of your confession of faith. Let it live BIG in you, and you begin to live BIG in it.
Manna for Today – John 13:21-30; John 19:26; John 20:2; John 21:7; John 21:20; 1 John 5:14-15