A Daily Word from the Word for Wednesday, December 4, 2013
“Then she [Mary Magdalene] 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.’” – John 20:2
God is very intentional in His Word. Every single verse in God’s Holy Book contains the very words, terms, phrases, and punctuation that the Perfect Father intended. This being said, then God purposely referenced the disciple (and later apostle) John as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” So why not just write “John?”
Just as in our study verse, which reads the “disciple, whom Jesus loved…,” John 13:23, John 19:26, John 21:7, and John 21:20 all use this same phrase. Not once, in any of these Scriptures, does God call John by name; yet, it is a well-established truth that John was the “disciple whom Jesus loved.”
The Lord put this weighty matter upon me to release to His people on today, because so many need to not just know, but to experience the love of the Father; and more importantly, to understand and recognize themselves also, as the disciple, the son and daughter, whom Jesus loves.
In order to unwrap this powerfully Divine revelation, we need to better understand the word “disciple,” as it is used in this and the other verses mentioned. “Disciple” comes from the Greek Word mathetes (pr. math-ay-tes), and means “a learner, pupil” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). This word (mathetes) comes from manthano (pr. man-than-o), which means “to learn (in any way), understand.” Webster’s Dictionary defines a “pupil” as “one who has been taught or influenced by a famous or distinguished person.”
Who is any more famous and distinguished than Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Son of man—the Savior of the world, Who still lives today?! No one! Philippians 2:9-11 testifies of this truth, as it sings throughout the universe: “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him [Jesus] and given Him the Name which is above every name, that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father!” Therefore, a disciple is an adoring believer and follower of Jesus Christ who longs to learn of the Savior, and cries out to be taught and influenced by the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6).
John 13:23 gives us this amazingly intimate illustration of who this disciple whom Jesus loved is, and how they act: “Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved.” The Greek word for “leaning,” as used in this verse is anakeimai (pr. an-ak-i-mahee), which is “to recline, lean.”
Whenever a Greek word ends with the suffix “ai” (pr. ahee), it signifies that the word is a progressive term, in addition to being a right now word for today. This very leaning is still alive, and beckoning us to do this very same thing, and continuously! Webster defines “recline” as “to sit back or lie down in a relaxed manner”; and further defines “lean” as “to rely for support or inspiration.” Are you relaxing in the bosom of the Savior, my brother? And what about you, my sister? Are you relying on Jesus for support and inspiration?
Webster goes on to say that “the bosom represents security and intimacy of or like that of being hugged.” Have you hugged Jesus lately, family?
The disciple didn’t represent John; but rather John represented the disciple. John is a model for us today, showing us how to be and come into being “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” Do you represent that disciple, my brother? Are you the learner, spending time with Jesus and leaning on His bosom, my sister? Jesus is beckoning you right now to come running into His arms because He has called you the one who He loves with an everlasting love.
Father, we thank You for loving us with an everlasting love, and drawing us to Your bosom with Your loving-kindness (Jeremiah 31:3). We love you because You first loved us (1 John 4:19). Help us, Holy Father, to lean on You more tenderly and intimately. Help us to draw closer to You, and to spend more time in Your presence. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we are the disciple, we are Your son and daughter whom You love. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to be the disciple whom Jesus loves. Choose to recline on the Savior, and spend time in His arms. Choose to sup with God’s first-born Son, Your Big Brother, every day. And continue to fight the good fight of leaning on Jesus’ bosom; for God, your Everlasting and Encompassing Love, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.