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The Young Man Jesus Loved



John was the disciple Jesus loved probably because he was the youngest and he also loved Jesus. When Jesus was on the cross He gave His mother to John as her son and John took her and looked after her. Time has a way of slipping away and John was now an old man, the last of the 12 (the others had all met a violent death, John was the only survivor).

Times were tough, enemies were everywhere and they were cruel. A new Caesar had come to the throne of Rome and these men considered themselves as God and wanted to be worshiped. They went so far as to have shrines built so the people would visit and offer incense to them. The people were to take a pinch of incense and as they walked by the altar, drop in on the coals.

John, the leader of the church in Ephesus, was to offer to Caesar. It was a small, outwardly thing but John still refused to offer to Caesar for this type of worship was for God alone.

Because of this John was taken to Rome to stand trial. There, he was sentenced to death not by hanging but something worse. He was to be dropped into a vat of boiling oil. The plan was to make a spectacle of John so as no one else would dare disobey the Caesar.

God had other plans. As the crowd, including Caesar, watched John be let down into the oil he did not scream or beg or denounce, instead he calmly went into the oil and was not hurt by it.

Caesar was afraid. He thought, “what can I do with a man I cannot kill?”

John was sent to a penal colony on the island of Pathos with a letter to the governor. It probably said, “This is a dangerous man, give him what he wants but don't let him off the island.”

Caesar thought he was putting John out of circulation. One Sabbath morning when John was alone he looked out over the calm sea. He heard a voice behind him and as he turned to see the voice he saw his wonderful Friend, Jesus.

Caesar, instead of hiding him, provided him with food, shelter, paper and ink and protection while he wrote the great prophetic book revealing Jesus, His love and His plan for the world. Jesus revealed Himself to John and said to all, “Blessed is he that reads and that hears and keeps the words of this prophecy for the time is at hand.” He told John that He was (and is) the One who washed us from our sins in His own blood that He shed for all. Then He said, “Behold, I will come with clouds and every eye shall see Me.” What a sight to see Him coming.

There will be a special resurrection for those who were foremost in the cruel treatment Jesus got at His death. Jesus promised the high priest that he would see Him coming in power and great glory.

All those who beat Jesus, spit on Him, abused Him, sanctioned His death and pierced Him will see Him coming. These people all knew He was innocent but because of jealousy and greed for power did what they did. How will they feel when they see Him as “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” as the verse says. Because of Him all kindreds of the earth shall wail. Why? Because they will not be ready.

As we look at the turmoil in the world, created by the unstable money and stock markets (some predictions are that it will get worse) there is a lot of fear and anxiety about the future with investments, retirement plans, job security, the questions arise, “where are we?” Jesus wants to know where we are? Are we where He is?

On November 7, 8, & 9 at the Civic Centre at 7 pm, we will look at what Jesus has told us about the times we are living through and the prophecies in God's word. We invite you to come and join us as we open the Bible's unfailing word of the Lord.


Next week: What Jesus Knows