7th February 2014

Loving Identity 

..the disciple whom Jesus loved…”
John 21:7  (NIV UK)

In the Gospel of John, mention is made of ‘the disciple whom Jesus loved’ at several points towards the end of chapter 21.

Theologians have proposed various reasons why John would use that phrase to describe himself, many ascribing it to a literary technique used to avoid mentioning himself directly in his account of the Gospel.

But perhaps there were other reasons why John chose to use that phrase. It may be John used that phrase because it had become the most important facet of his identity, the defining part of his life – without Jesus’ love he was nothing. Jesus’ love had changed who John was and even the way he thought of himself.

But, as Paul reminds us, John was not alone in being loved by Jesus: “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.” (2 Thessalonians 2:16)

Our identity is defined by the love of Jesus. His love changes us and makes us different people.

How often, as we go about our day-to-day lives, do we remember that we are also the ‘disciple whom Jesus loved’?

Father, thank you for the love of Jesus that defines us and makes us who we are. Help us not to forget that our identity is in him. In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson


About the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.  On the 1st February James is speaking in our Edinburgh and Glasgow churches. You are welcome to attend any of our local congregations.  For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.wcg.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.

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