The Heart of Jesus
Christology is important but a heart connection with Jesus is vital.
Along with impetuous Peter and doubting Thomas there was also the “disciple whom Jesus loved.” Didn’t Jesus love all the disciples? Most certainly He did, but some people are more affectionate and expressive than others and one of Jesus’ disciples was especially close to Him in that way.
He then lying on Jesus’ breast says unto him, Lord, who is it? John 13:25
Then Peter, turning about, sees the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrays thee?
Leaning on Jesus’ breast. This is very intimate. John longed to be so close to Jesus. He longed to know, not just His mind or His salvation but also His heart. John longed for that level of heart connection and intimacy with his Lord.
A baby can be calmed by placing its head on its parent’s chest and hearing the comforting lub-dub of the heartbeat. Can you hear the heartbeat of Jesus – are you close enough? Are you calmed by intimacy with Him?
Christology is important. But there is a difference between knowing about and knowing. We can know the Scriptures about the pre-incarnate, the incarnate, and the present ministry of Jesus. That is Christology. Christology is important. But, it is vital that we KNOW HIM. That we are close to HIM. That we can hear His heartbeat.
We need to know about Jesus, but most of all we need to know Him. We need to know Him in the intimate way that John knew Him.
Do you know Jesus?
Are you leaning on His breast?
Can you hear His heartbeat?