We have many friends, but only one or two are best friends – those who are very special to us, whom we call even when we have nothing much to talk about.
An acronym has seeped into our society to describe these special people: BFF – Best Friends Forever.
Without being irreverent we can think of the apostle John as our Lord’s best friend. Among His twelve disciples, Jesus chose three to be with Him at critical moments: Peter, James, and John.
Within that circle, John seemed to have a special relationship with Jesus. Five times in his Gospel he described himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.”
Matthew, Mark, and Luke take a biographical approach to Jesus’ life. John is more thematic and theological. He loved to show patterns in the Lord’s ministry, such as the seven signs Jesus performed and His seven “I am” statements.
The subject of “life” is a primary theme in John – eternal life, abundant life, the bread of life, the water of life; and the way, the truth, and the life.
John’s goal was to portray Christ as God who became flesh to save those who believe in Him.
“But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name” (Jn 20:31).
We too can be disciples whom Jesus loves. If you’re lonely, study John, discover Jesus’ abundant life, and realize that by grace He is your best friend forever.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the Word – God Himself – who became flesh, dwelled among us, and gave Himself for us, that all who believe in Him “should not perish but have everlasting life.”
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” Jn 1:1, 14).
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (Jn 20:31).
“Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (Jn 3:7).