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Several times in the Gospel of John we read of someone whom John calls “the disciple that Jesus loved”.  I think John would say, “I’m the disciple Jesus loved”.   I don’t think he was saying that Jesus doesn’t love everyone, nor was he saying that Jesus didn’t love the other disciples just as much.  But he would say, “The one thing that defines me is this: Jesus loves me.  I’m no better than anyone else, I have nothing to boast about – the most important thing about me is that Jesus loves me.”

But I think that John would also encourage each of us to consider ourselves as being no more, and no less, than “the disciple that Jesus loves”.  He would encourage us to not focus on the things we might boast of, nor to focus on anything we’re ashamed of.  He would encourage us to define ourselves by this one thing:  we are a disciple that Jesus loves.

I hope that we can see ourselves, and one other, this way.  I wonder what how that will impact our lives, our fellowship, our worship, and our witness to a hurting world, as we encourage everyone to enter into this most important relationship: to be the disciple that Jesus loves.

視頻內容大意翻譯 (Brief video content Chinese translation):

嗨,我是LEE牧師,當Callum牧師在放假的此時,很榮幸今天能有這機會在線上跟大家分享靈修。

我們有個小組最近在讀約翰福音,在約翰福音裏你會重複讀到”耶穌所喜愛的”這句話。約翰福音13:23記載” 有一個門徒、是耶穌所愛的、側身挨近耶穌的懷裏。” 約翰福音19:26-27 當耶穌被釘在十字架上時,祂將祂的母親交託給這位門徒。這門徒到底是誰呢?有人覺得就是約翰福音的作者約翰,有些人不同意,但我喜歡約翰用這方法指出是自己。我想如果我們能見到約翰並親自問他”你是誰?”時,他會簡單的告訴你,”我就只是耶穌喜愛的一個門徒。” 

我想他的意思不是說耶穌不愛每一個人,或是在眾門徒當中耶穌最喜愛他,但他的意思是,如果你問我”我是誰?” 或有一件事來定義我,那就是” 耶穌愛我。”我沒有比其他人好,或有特殊才能,沒有甚麼好自誇的,我最重要的就是” 耶穌愛我。”

我想約翰也是在對我們說”你也是耶穌喜愛的門徒”。約翰希望我們每個人都看見這點。他希望我們看到我們和每個門徒都一樣重要,他會鼓勵我們不要專注於我們可誇口的,最重要的是我們是耶穌喜愛的門徒。耶穌創造了你,為你而死,耶穌現在活著為你禱告,祂將回來和你面對面來展現祂的愛。你是耶穌喜愛的門徒。而我也是。

我希望我們能這樣來看待自己和別人,當我們鼓勵每個人進入這重要並奇妙的關係-成為”耶穌喜愛的門徒”時,想想這將怎樣來影響我們的生命,團契,敬拜和我們在這受傷世界中的見證。

讓我們禱告。

願神祝福你,與耶穌同行,成為祂喜愛的門徒。

Grace and peace

Pastor Lee