Sunday Morning 6/16/2013

Posted by Sherry


THE DISCIPLE JESUS LOVED
John 13:23; 19:25-27; 20:2
CBC 6/16/2013 SM

INTRO:I’m going to read some verses and you tell me what they all have in common...

TEXT: JN 13:23 
23 One of His disciples, whom Jesus loved [whom He esteemed and delighted in], was reclining [next to Him] on Jesus’ bosom.

TEXT JN 19:25-27
25 But by the cross of Jesus stood His mother, His mother’s sister, Mary the [wife] of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
26 So Jesus, seeing His mother there, and the disciple whom He loved standing near, said to His mother, [[b]Dear] woman, See, [here is] your son!
27 Then He said to the disciple, See, [here is] your mother! And from that hour, the disciple took her into his own [keeping, own home].

TEXT JN 20:2  
2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, whom Jesus [tenderly] loved, and said to them, They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him!

TEXT JN 21:7  
7 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, It is the Lord! Simon Peter, hearing him say that it was the Lord, put (girded) on his upper garment (his fisherman’s coat, his outer tunic)—for he was stripped [for work]—and sprang into the sea.

Dads...How do you become a disciple that Jesus “loves” tenderly, esteems & delights in?

  • WHAT MADE JOHN DIFFERENT FROM THE REST?
    • 23 - John reclined (customary position) next to Jesus & rested on Jesus’ chest
    • 2 - John could run faster than Peter (3 Upon this, Peter and the other disciple came out and they went toward the tomb.4 And they came running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and arrived at the tomb first.)
    • 7 - John could recognize Jesus at a distance before other disciples
    • 26 - John was only one mentioned at the foot of the cross taking care of business during Jesus’ crucifixion
  • JOHN WAS “THERE
    • @ the Last Supper
      • “next” to Jesus
      • “resting” on Jesus
      • “leaning” on Jesus
      • “listening” to Jesus
    • @ the foot of the cross during Jesus’ crucifixion
      • other disciples ran away
      • Peter denied he even knew Jesus (not once, but 3 times_
      • some disciples took a position in the distance
      • John publicly identified himself with Jesus
      • John wasn’t scared of physical consequences
      • John took his place of service by Mary, Jesus’ mother
      • John accepted responsibility of being Mary’s caretaker (in his own home) when assigned by Jesus
    • @ the empty tomb
      • John was trusted by Mary Magdalene with “unbelievable” information
      • John “acted on” unbelievable information
      • John was a true “first responder”
    • @ the sea shore after the resurrection
      • recognized Jesus at a distance (fishing boat to shore)
      • he had to be looking for Jesus (how many times had he glanced around before?)
      • identified Jesus as his “LORD”
      • was quick to tell the others in the boat
  • DAD, IT’S ALL ABOUT “PROXIMITY”
    • if you want the distinction of being a disciple, loved & esteemed by Jesus...
    • you’ve got to emulate the life of John
    • no short cuts or you’ll be like the other 11...
    • If you want the distinction of being a DAD, 
      • tenderly loved - by wife & kids
      • esteemed - by immediate family & in-laws
      • delighted in - by your soul mate & the love of your life
    • It’s still about “proximity”
      • you’ve got to be THERE, 
        • with them - 
          • letting them recline & lean on you (fig. & actually)
          • listening to them & understanding what they are trying to communicate to you
          • not tuned into the game on tv w/ selective hearing for your wife
          • by your wife’s side
            • at her recreation
            • during child discipline
            • addressing & solving financial situations
            • out running anybody & anything that causes her insecurity
        • for them
          • first responder
          • taking action on “unbelievable information”
          • constantly looking for them
          • recognize them & their needs AT A DISTANCE
          • at the cross of tragedy
            • broken hearts
            • loss of loved ones
            • skinned knees
            • children’s break-up with “first loves”
CONCLUSION
JN 15:12-17 
12 This is My commandment: that you love one another [just] as I have loved you.
13 No one has greater love [no one has shown stronger affection] than to lay down (give up) his own life for his friends.
14 You are My friends if you keep on doing the things which I command you to do.
15 I do not call you servants (slaves) any longer, for the servant does not know what his master is doing (working out). But I have called you My friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from My Father. [I have revealed to you everything that I have learned from Him.]
16 You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed you [I have planted you], that you might go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit may be lasting [that it may remain, abide], so that whatever you ask the Father in My Name [as [b]presenting all that I Am], He may give it to you.
17 This is what I command you: that you love one another.






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