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Amazing Love - A Brief Study of Jesus and the Apostle John
Jesus was all God (but at the same time, He was also all man). Theologians call this the "hypostatic union." He retained His divinity from heaven but was all man that felt and hurt, sorrowed and cried. If you were Jesus and knew your destiny as He did, who would you have picked to look after your mom when you left this earth? Jesus had chosen12 men that He selected to be His close friends and to carry on the message to the world when He left. One of them betrayed Him. Did Jesus know he would do that? Yes, but He allowed Himself to think of him as a friend. (Psalm 41:9; John 13:18) Of those remaining He chose James, John and Peter to be with Him the most and that seemed to indicate that those three were His closest friends. Of those three, there was one disciple that had proven that he sought after the love of Jesus. John wrote and called himself "the disciple that Jesus loved." It was he that Jesus chose to do this very important thing that burdened Him heavy in His heart, to take care of His mom.
I couldn't look up, but I looked at the ground
I tried not to hear, but I heard every sound,
The jeers of the crowd, as they laughed him to scorn
And the few that loved Him, as they quietly mourned,
Even then, I thought not of Him hanging there
But only of I, being so scared
That I ran, and left Him all alone
To face a mob, with hearts of stone,
They dragged Him off, and I just ran away
Like some coward, I just couldn't stay,
I'd seen the cross, and knew His fate
I came back, but it was far too late,
I was so sure, that He'd hate me now
But I came back, to show Him how
Much I loved Him, and always would
And say I was sorry, as I knew I should,
So I just stood there, looking down
Then finding the courage, I looked around
At the faces of people, the small and great
And saw their eyes, all full of hate,
There was an old man, spitting at Him
And there was a young child, with an evil grin,
Then something bold, rose up in me
I pointed at the cross, and cried, "Look! See!
It's the Son of God, that you crucify!
It's the King of Kings, that you now deny!"
But the rage was of Satan, I could see it there
I could see that none, of the people cared,
All of a sudden, Jesus called my name
And I knew with Him, things were just the same,
When He said my name "John," my heart stood still
He knew I loved Him, and always will,
I couldn't take my eyes, off of Him then
And I'd never leave, His side again,
I saw the pain, that shone in His eyes
And wished of something, to minimize
The sorrows of His aching heart
As He felt His body, being torn apart,
In His eyes, an unspoken plea
That showed that He loved, and trusted me,
Not till then, did I see a crumpled heap
When I noticed Mary, at Jesus' feet,
She cried and lay there, face in the dirt
Knowing my pain, I couldn't imagine her hurt,
So I picked her up, and held her tight
And I told her that, it would be alright,
That somehow, we would make it through
And tomorrow we would see, all things new,
"Woman," He told her, "Behold thy son."
She nodded silently, and just held on,
His silent eyes, they turned to me
Were begging something and He
Said, "Behold thy mother."
So we just stood there, and held each other,
It's been two years, since that awful day
That the sky went dark, and He went away,
I never again, have left His side
And I always let Him, be my guide,
And Mary and I, we are alright
But sometimes, on a silent night,
I sit with Mary, my mother, and hold her tight
As we walk by faith, and not by sight,
And we remember the time, when He went away
And we rejoice that soon, He'll be back to stay.
The Bible says that Jesus is God. That He is the Word incarnate. "And the Word was God." He came to earth and became fully man though He was still fully God. The hypostatic union is a term referring to the dual truths that Jesus is fully God and yet still fully man. He was God yet He hurt and sorrowed. He was God who used the vessel of the maiden Mary to be born and yet He loved this woman. She was His mom in every sense of the word. He submitted Himself to her while here and to His "father" Joseph. But there is no doubt whatsoever that Jesus loved His mom. This woman was a sinner as we all are and it was her sin as well as the sin of everyone else that sent Him to the cross to suffer and be punished of God. Yet the incredible love of Jesus compelled Him to use what little breath He could muster to say "Woman behold thy son."
It is said when all is said and done, in each man's life one question can be asked whose answer will tell the fate of that man for all eternity. That question is: What have you done with Jesus?
In your life have you embraced Him as your Savior or allowed the "busy-ness" of this world to choke out all thought of the Savior that died for you? Have you dismissed all efforts of everyone to introduce you to the Savior? Have you halfheartedly laughed off the greatest thing ever done for you? Have you reasoned it away saying that the story is too far-fetched? God is not a debtor to man. He makes sure every man is clearly reached and knows in their heart of hearts that Jesus is who He says He is. What did you do when that moment came, when you realized in the depths of your soul that Jesus was calling to you to come to Him? Did you just allow the moment to pass? If you did, then this is another of those chances to embrace the One who loved you so much He took the punishment for your sins upon Himself.
The definition of faith is the decision to come to the end of yourself and to throw yourself into the waiting arms of Jesus. Once a person has placed his reasoned trust in Jesus, he is a new creature, starting a new life. Even when a person slips back into old ways, Jesus' Spirit remains in him. He will never leave him or forsake him, and Jesus will shepherd him back to doing right again.
Do you believe that Jesus is God the Son, God in human flesh?
Do you believe that you are a sinner in need of a Savior?
Do you believe that Jesus came to earth to die for your sin?
Do you believe that He was buried in a tomb and in three days arose again?
If you answered those questions with a yes, then all you must do is ask Jesus into your life. Pray this:
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, condemned, destined for hell. I ask You to forgive me of my sin and save me. I believe that You died and were buried and rose again from the dead. I believe and throw myself into Your arms. I trust You with my eternity. I turn now from how I have been living to following You wherever You go and obeying Your every word. I know You are the only way of salvation. I pray this in Jesus' holy name. Amen.