by David Davis

The Disciple Whom Jesus Loved
Dr. David Davis
John 13:23, 19:26, 20:2, 21:20

John 13:23 - Now there was leaning (sitting next to) on Jesus’ bosom (breast) one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.

John 19:26 - When Jesus therefore saw his mother and the disciple standing by, who he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold they son.

John 20:2 - Then she runneth , and cometh to Simon Peter and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.

John 21:7 - Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord, Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.

John 21:20 - Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple, whom Jesus loved, following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?

Did you see something alike in each verse? Every passage includes this phrase: ‘‘the disciple whom Jesus loved.’’

All through the book of John, there is a title given to John by himself.

This name was referred by Jesus when he call John, the beloved.

When he speaks of himself, he says, ‘‘the disciple whom Jesus loved.’’

Matthew, Mark, and Luke call him John.

John speaks of himself as, ‘‘that other disciple’’ or ‘‘the disciple whom Jesus loved.’’

He could have said,
‘‘That disciple that wrote this book.’’
‘‘The disciple who know Him best.’’
‘‘That disciple who loved Him best.’’
‘‘That disciple who leaned on Jesus’ bosom.’’
‘‘I’m the disciple who has done great works for God.’’

He said, ‘‘the disciple whom Jesus loved.’’

He never uses his name. The question then becomes, ‘‘How can a person be the one that Jesus loves?’’

John 13:23-25

Our Lord is in the Upper Room. Around Him are His disciples.
Tomorrow He is going to go before the High ...

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