Today in the concluding part of our series on John's (son of Zebedee) unique ID of being the "Disciple whom Jesus loved", let's reflect finally on two more paramount privileges which came visiting him, all on account of his singular ID...


Recognition...

It is a misty morning, so misty that one cannot see his fellow passenger in the boat properly. Jesus' disciples aboard their fishing vessel have toiled in vain in the Sea of Galilee all throughout the night trying to catch at least one fish. Enter the Saviour with the words: "Children, have you caught any fish" (John 21:5). In the ensuing dialogue between their problem solver and themselves, now who of all the disciples should recognize their Master by voice alone that misty morning!!! Now no prizes for guessing the answer (John 21:7)!!! The lesson here is as simple as it is profound. If Jesus loves you, your heart is bound to respond to that Divine love and it follows that you would always quickly recognize the guiding still small voice of His indwelling spirit, whenever you confront crossroads of your life.


Revelation...

In all of human history knowledge of future events has been treated as a "rare treasure". Researcher Bernard Gittelson has calculated that the circulation of newspapers and magazines carrying astrological columns (about the future) in the U.S.A., Europe, Japan and South America is over 700 million. While stating clearly that knowing of future from any other source other than the Almighty or His approved Prophets is sin, let us pose this question...to whom did Jesus entrust the "veritable treasure" of knowing all about events of human history and beyond encapsulated in the Last Book of the Bible...Revelation? John, of course (Rev. 1:19). Why? As He loved him, He trusted him with this treasure too.

Take my word, fellow sojourners in this Earthly journey, if you are loved by the Master, He will reveal precious treasures to you in His Word hitherto unseen or unknown...

"God-friendship is for God-worshipers;
They are the ones he CONFIDES in."
(Ps. 25:14 The Message)

Praying for ID like the one John had and affirming His love for you and your love for Him, what better time than now to join me in the prayer of the Psalmist...

"Open my eyes, that I may see
Wondrous things from Your law."
(Ps. 119:18 NKJV).

Suresh Manoharan
An Unprofitable Servant
J and SM Ministries

(To access the entire "Your ID Please" mini-series, please click here.)