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The Disciple Whom Jesus Loved John 21:1-19

The Disciple Whom Jesus Loved

The “disciple whom Jesus loved” is never named so that he can bear witness to an intimacy with Jesus that’s offered to each one of us.

NOTE: The following is a “first-person” installment that offers a unique and refreshing approach to this text. We aren’t suggesting you memorize what appears here. In fact, it will be much easier to commit to memory something you’ve written yourself. But what’s here can provide a strong framework for the manner in which you construct your first-person account of “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” This person appears in the gospel reading. It’s an intriguing reference because all we know about this person comes from a few appearances in the second half of John’s gospel. But rather than go into more detail, let’s let him speak for himself:

Not many people are privileged to be an eyewitness to history-altering events, but I certainly was. I wasn’t only a witness; you might say I was a key player in the events that seemed to turn everything upside down. Nothing, it seemed, was the same.

This man known as Jesus, whom some called the Christ, whom others called a modern-day Elijah, was...

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