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Amazing Love - A Brief Study of Jesus and the Apostle John

Updated on December 14, 2016

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.


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      Robert E Smith 5 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Don't know why I was feeling low right at this moment but your comment has raised me up. I love you DeB. God is truly great. He has allowed alot to be taken from me in the way of family and friends but then He has granted me to know people like you. I praise Jesus for you.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      Nobody, Wonderful poem beautifully expressed! What a great question! "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?"

      The LORD has place Him within my heart and it is my prayer to daily grow in His Grace...


      Thank you for sharing this lovely thought provoking message in a poem, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      Robert E Smith 8 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Thank you for your kindness. He is very good to me and gives all the ability and the words when needed.

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      coffeesnob 8 years ago

      amazing love - how can it be that Jesus, my King would die for me.

      thanks for this great poem

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      Robert E Smith 8 years ago from Rochester, New York

      I really like that my friends like them and I hope that the unsaved readers get closer to the Savior reading them. Thank you, love ya man.

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      jacobt2 8 years ago

      Wow, another great poem man. I really enjoy your amazing and ministering poetry.

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      Carrie Bradshaw 8 years ago from Manhattan

      Those initials are very familiar, my dear brother ;-) And I'm sure she feels the LOVE. God bless you! You and your sister are blessed!

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      Robert E Smith 8 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Thank you I wrote it specially for a dear sister of mine. I'm glad you liked it too.

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      Carrie Bradshaw 8 years ago from Manhattan

      Oh, wow ~~~ the beauty of the love Jesus had for John and his mother, even as He died, He still never once thought of Himself, only us! Even still today! Even still, tomorrow! Even still....forever!!