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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Thing about Faithfulness

John 20:2-4
2 And so she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him."
3 Peter therefore went forth, and the other disciple, and they were going to the tomb.
4 And the two were running together; and the other disciple ran ahead faster than Peter, and came to the tomb first;
(NAS)

I woke early one morning with this thought, “Why was it important for John to note he won the race with Peter to the tomb?”

Was it the competitive spirit that drove both he and Peter? Was it a dig at Peter that he was better? Or, was it, as I suppose it is a spiritual point John wants to make.

He calls himself the disciple Jesus loved. That is important to note. Later, in one of his letters to the church, he says of God, “We love because He first loved us.” During his walk with Jesus, John learned about love. And he got it. He understood the message. That is why he called himself the disciple Jesus loved. He isn’t saying Jesus loved him more than the others. He wasn’t laying claim to being better or special. He was saying what he had revelation of. Jesus loved this disciple. And because He first loved John, John was able to love Jesus.

I find it incredible that the Apostle who was given the privilege in revealing Jesus, the risen Warrior King, was first the disciple Jesus loved. I also notice John was the only one who made it to the cross. All others had scattered when Judas brought officers to arrest Jesus. Peter made it as far as the court of the high priest and then ran away after denying Him. But John followed Jesus all the way to the cross with the women who followed Jesus. And when one of those women came and told him and Peter that Jesus had raised, they raced to the one they both loved. John ran faster. Why?

Could it be that he was not laden with guilt and shame to slow him down? Could it be that his faithfulness put wings on his feet? Is it possible his understanding of God’s love would have allowed him to run that much faster to a forgiving Master even if he had sinned?

When we sin, it is harder to face the one we have sinned against. When we have given our best friend our back, it is hard to give him our face again. We cower away from him. Adam and Eve hid from God who had done nothing less than love them, because of the shame of sin. They would not have had to do that if they’d been faithful. John did not carry shame. The disciple Jesus loved got to the tomb first.

1 comment:

bk said...

In the above comments you state that John "calls himself the disciple Jesus loved" but unfortunately you have failed to heed the Biblical admonition to "prove all things". Surely one should not be presenting an idea AS IF it were Biblical if they cannot cite even a single verse that would justify teaching that idea. Yet here you do just that.

The truth is there is not a single verse in scripture that would justify teaching the idea that John was the one whom "Jesus loved" and yet you assume that this man-made tradition cannot be wrong and then interpret scripture to fit this idea. But if one will heed Ps. 118:8 then the NON-BIBLE sources on which this man-made tradition is based will give way to the facts stated in scripture which prove that John was not this anonymous author.

www.TheDiscipleWhomJesusLoved.com has a free Bible-only based study that compares what the Bible says about John with what it says about "the disciple whom Jesus loved" - and the Biblical evidence proves that whoever this person was he was not John because the Bible cannot contradict itself. But one need not read this study because all it takes is reading the fourth gospel from the beginning with the honest question, "Who would I believe the author was based on just the facts stated in his own gospel?" Those who do so will never come to the conclusion that this "other disciple" was John becasue NONE of the evidence points toward John.