The chosen disciples of Yeshua, (Jesus’ Hebrew name) were to become like the teacher. Scripture says it is enough for the student to be like the teacher. (Matt. 10:25) Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to live in the presence of the Lord? We have the gospels which provide some insight, but they are focused on the Lord, Yeshua, rather than the disciples. Many times the disciples questioned Yeshua, sometimes they probably regretted it, more than once they were rebuked for their comments. Yeshua was perfect in every way, but also fully human. What would it be like to be so near God in human flesh?
I believe John figured it out best and he was the one that seemed to be closest to Yeshua. John was fixated on love. He referred to himself as the disciple whom Jesus loved. It seems the Lord loved Peter quite well, particularly by calling him specifically and restoring him after his denial. Undoubtedly, Yeshua loved each disciple not at the disciples request or preference, but in love’s perfection. Did John recognize his love was inadequate toward Yeshua, but Yeshua’s love toward him perfect? The confirmation of Yeshua’s love for John was that He gave the care of Mary, his mother, into John’s hands. (John 19:26-27) God is love; John got it and found his place near Yeshua’s heart.
We all are called to different places and ministry, but love is the center where Yeshua waits our return to Him. “When we all get to heaven what a day of rejoicing that will be. When we all see Jesus we’ll sing and shout the victory.” Before that celebration we will encounter Love and understand fully, as we are fully known, His love poured into our hearts and that love met in the face of Yeshua the lover of our soul. “When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” (1 Cor. 15:54) It was love that overcame and obtained the victory. Then we will see clearly that He conformed us into His likeness. (Rom. 8:29)