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OPEN HEAVEN 2023 DEVOTIONAL WAS WRITTEN BY PASTOR E.A. ADEBOYE AND PASTOR MRS. FOLU ADEBOYE OF THE REDEEM CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD (RCCG) NIGERIA.
Open Heaven Devotional, December 16th, 2023
TOPIC: JOHN THE BELOVED
MEMORISE: John 13:23. Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.
SCRIPTURE READING: John 13:21-28
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 Timothy 1-4
HYMN 10: IN CHRIST ALONE
1 In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
2 In Christ alone, who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe.
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied –
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.
3 There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine –
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
4 No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand:
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.
Further into my study of how to become God’s favourite, I found that there was another disciple who also followed Jesus on the day He was crucified.
It was this disciple that helped Peter access the courtyard as we see in John 18:15-16.
This other disciple apparently was John the beloved as he referred to himself in the third person all through his account of the gospel.
When you read John 19:26-27, you will find that it was John who took the mother of Jesus into his own house. Anyone who look after your mother must be very close to you.
I’ve always said that when you describe somebody as a Christian fanatic, it simply means he loves the Lord more than you.
In John 20:1-8, the Bible tells us that when they brought news to the Apostles that Jesus was risen, John was the first Apostle to get to the tomb.
In John 13:21-26 when the disciples sought to know who would betray the Lord, Peter beckoned to John and told him to ask Jesus, because he knew that John.
Even Peter knew that John was the closest to him.
Thirteen people were at the table and two of them were speaking in codes the others could not understand.
John was so close to Jesus that he could rest his head on His chest (John 13:23). In our Bible reading for today, we see that it is only John that Jesus trusted with the identity of who would betray Him. Jesus trusted John with His secrets.
When God can trust you with His secrets, you become extremely close to Him.
Jesus made John His confidant, that is why you find that in Revelation 1:1-20, it was John the Beloved whom Jesus chose to give the story of what will happen in the end times, Thousands of years ahead of his time.
In Revelation 10:4, there are things Jesus revealed to John that He said were for his ears only.
When you truly love God, you become willing to seek and fulfill his primary heart desire which is to bring souls into His Kingdom.
KEY POINT: Do you love God enough to keep His secrets?
PRAYER OF SALVATION
Please say this prayer.
I come to you, Lord Jesus. I admit that I am a sinner, and I want to be right with you. I ask you to forgive me for all my sins. Wash Me Away from All Unrighteousness and Cleanse Me Clean Today. The Bible says if I confess with my mouth that “Jesus is Lord” and believe in my heart that God raised me,
Thank you for saying that prayer. You are in Christ now. Old things have passed away. HALLELUYAH