Captivated Witnesses to Jesus' Love

Week beginning: 7th April, 2019 | By Mark Bainbridge | Guildford

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son!" Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!" And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

John 19:26-27 (ESV)

When Jesus was crucified, he saw Mary his mother and one of his disciples standing nearby. The disciple whom Jesus saw is referred to here in John's Gospel, not by his name, but by the fact that Jesus loved him; he was the disciple whom Jesus loved.

It is apparent from other references in John's Gospel that this anonymous disciple was the Gospel writer. When writing his Jesus biography, the author chose to define his witness identity not by his name, nor by his achievements, but by his relationship to Christ – He loved me!

As the Gospel author remembers Jesus on the Cross – the place where Jesus demonstrated the extent of God's love for His people, by suffering the punishment for our sin in our place – he is captivated by his realisation of Jesus' love towards him.

Lawyers can so easily trade on their name and their achievements. This Easter, as we reflect on the Cross, and all that this event tells us about who Jesus is and what He has done, may we like the Gospel author be captivated by Jesus and His love for us. As a result, may God help us to esteem Jesus above our own reputation and ambitions, so that through our witness to Him, others may come to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, God's Saviour-King, and by believing have life in His name.

Prayer points:

1. Confess times when you have put your name and reputation as a lawyer before your commission to be a witness for Christ. Ask God to renew and enlarge your love for Jesus, and your appreciation for all that He has done.
2. Ask God to give you opportunities this Easter time to speak to colleagues about the hope that you have in Jesus, that they may have life in His name.