Daniel Foster | @danielfoster07
Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” John 20:1-2
Just coming out of the Easter season, I’m sure most of us read the above passage. It is now the third day after Jesus had been crucified and laid in the tomb and Mary (and others) decided to go to the tomb early in the morning and take a sneak peek to see if Jesus had in fact risen. Upon arrival, Mary noticed the stone was no longer blocking the entrance to the empty tomb and decided to run and tell a few of the disciples. This is where it kinda gets funny.
Mary ran over to Peter and “the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved.” Very interesting. Who wrote the book of John? John. Who was “the other disciple” that accompanied Peter to the tomb..? John. So here is John, obviously the most humble of all the disciples, reminding us (He refers to himself as “the one whom Jesus loves” several times in John) that he is Jesus’ favorite. John kinda reminds me of my little brother growing up; “Mom loves you, but she just loves me more”.
I always thought this passage was interesting and humorous that John would include that little tidbit, but then I started thinking about it.. What if we all viewed ourselves as “the one whom Jesus loved”? Because truth is, you are the one He loves. You’re not too far gone, you’re not to messy and you’re not worthless. Jesus loved you so much He gave his perfect life in exchange for a relationship with you. Imagine the impact we could have on those around us if we began to view ourselves with the same mindset that John had. The love, joy, mercy, and grace we would extend to those around us would be indelible. You are the one whom Jesus loves.
Daniel Foster comes from the outskirts of Atlanta. He serves on staff at DeVotie Baptist Church where he is the student pastor. Daniel is a fan of the Georgia Bulldogs and the Atlanta Braves. You can find him on Twitter at @danielfoster07.