We all love someone or something. But do we always feel loved back? Can we say, “I know how much God loves me, and I am secure in the love of people around me?”
We are surrounded by a world that invites us to love people or things.
What do you love?
Show the pictures again.
Friendship with God
Why did Jesus call James and John “sons of thunder”?
But there was another nick-name for John in the NT: “the disciple whom the Lord loved”
Five times in the Gospel of John, reference is made to the disciple who Jesus loved. According to John 21:24, that disciple is identified as none other than the Apostle John himself. So, in writing his account of the life of Jesus, John always refers to himself as “the one who Jesus loved.”
Why did he do that?
Several suggestions have been made:
1. John was trying to be humble. He didn’t want to give his name so he made up a nick-name. That doesn’t make a lot of sense, because if he was trying to be humble and self-effacing he could have used a different nick-name than that.
2. It wasn’t John actually writing, but instead a scribe who was writing for John. Dictation. And every time his name came up, the amanuensis would write in a complementary name for John.
3. John was trying to make a point.
Why is it that John wrote so much about the love of God? Could it be that he had the hardest time learning this lesson?
What makes a person lovable?
Let’s take a look at John’s personality:
This is the guy that was “the disciple who Jesus loved.” It wasn’t because he was so lovable. It was because Jesus was so loving!
Interesting that John begins calling himself “the disciple who Jesus loved” during the Lord’s supper. From that point forward, he proceeded to mess up. Did not speak up when Jesus was being attacked. Fled into the night in fear.
Went back fishing in John 21.