RCCG Open Heaven Daily Devotional 16 December 2023
TOPIC: John the Beloved
READ: John 13:21-28
21 When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
22 Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake.
23 Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.
24 Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake.
25 He then lying on Jesus’ breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it?
26 Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.
27 And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.
28 Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him.
Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.
RCCG Open Heaven Daily Devotional 16 December 2023 MESSAGE
Do you love God enough to place your head in His bosom? Further into my study of how to become God’s favourite, I found that there was another disciple who also followed Jesus on the day He was crucified. This disciple helped Peter access the courtyard as we see in John 18:15-16. This other disciple was John the Beloved as he referred to himself in the third person all through his account of the gospel.
When you read John 19:26-27, you will find that it was John who took the mother of Jesus into his own house. Anyone who looks after your mother must be very close to you. I’ve always said that when you describe somebody as a Christian fanatic, it simply means he loves the Lord more than you. In John 20:1-8, the Bible tells us that John was the first Apostle to get to the tomb when they brought news to the Apostles that Jesus was risen.
In John 13:21-26 when the disciples sought to know who would betray the Lord, Peter beckoned to John and told him to ask Jesus, because he knew that John was the closest to Him. Thirteen people were at the table and two of them were speaking in codes the others could not understand. John was so close to Jesus that he could rest his head on His chest (John 13:23).
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