The Beloved Disciple

Daily Reform, Day 183

Galatians 2:20 & John 20:2-4

From the Reformer

Read the words “me” and “for me” with great emphasis. Print this “me” with capital letters in your heart, and do not ever doubt that you belong to the number of those who are meant by this “me.” Christ did not only love Peter and Paul. The same love He felt for them He feels for us. If we cannot deny that we are sinners, we cannot deny that Christ died for our sins.

—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Pulling It Together

This idea of a “beloved disciple” is used five times in John’s Gospel, but the author does not actually name “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” Perhaps this is because a close reading will have the reader identifying with John, in which case the reader, in a sense, becomes the beloved disciple. This is not difficult to imagine, since Jesus loves you every bit as much as Peter and Paul and even John. He gave his life for you. There is no greater love than this. (John 15:13)

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers

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