In his Gospel, John never refers to himself by name. Five times he refers to himself anonymously as ‘The Disciple that Jesus loved’. His life had been changed, from a radical politically motivated ‘Son of Thunder’ who would have called down fire on a whole village because the inhabitants would not put them up for the night; into an ‘Apostle of Love’. Reading through his Gospel, and the three letters he wrote, it is obvious that his life was impacted by the love of God. It is John who has left us with what has become known as ‘the core of the Gospel’, that “God so loved the world…”. It is John who tells us to “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us that we should be called children of God” 1 John 3v1.
It is interesting that John is the only one of the Gospel writers to record the prayer that Jesus prayed shortly before he was crucified. That prayer closes with these words, ”…that the love with which you loved me may be in them”.
As John heard the Lord praying that prayer, he must have responded with a surge of desire. Maybe the response of his heart was “YES! – I am open to that! I want the same love that the Father loves the Son with – to be in me”.
The thought is overwhelming! Is it possible that we can understand, let alone contain and manifest, through our lives, the same measure of love that God the Father had for His Son?
We can only minister effectively out of our experience and relationship with God the Father, and our passionate love for the Lord Jesus Christ. Mike Bickle in his book ‘Passion for Jesus’ writes: “Do you long to impact people for Jesus? Do you yearn to glorify him in your personal life? Then I urge you to make the following verse one of the paramount prayers of your life: Eph. 1 v17 (Personalise it) Pray – ‘that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ may give (me) the spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of HIM”.
Amen. Let’s all pray that the same level of love with which the Father loves His Son may fill us and flow through us too.
Be blessed and encouraged by the Father’s love,