Leaning On Jesus’ Breast

The apostle John wrote the gospel of John but he never gave reference to himself through his name. He was ‘the disciple whom Jesus loved.’ Here is an intimate communion scene.

It was at the Last Supper. John 13:23 says, “Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved.” Peter asked John to find out who Jesus was talking about when He said that one of them would betray Him.

Verse 24 says, “Then, leaning back on Jesus’ breast, he said to Him, Lord, who is it?” John was leaning on Jesus, and I imagine that he just tipped his head back. Is that like our relationship with the Lord?

That scene came into my mind as I was reading Jeremiah 13. The Lord gave His prophet specific instructions. Jeremiah was obedient though he didn’t understand the ‘why’ or purpose.

He told him to go and buy a sash, wrap it around his waist, then bury it in a hole in a rock by the Euphrates River. Then he was to go back and retrieve it. It was ruined. Here are the Lord’s words. 

Jeremiah 13:11 says, “…I have caused the whole house of Israel and the house of Judah to cling to Me, says the Lord, that they may become My people, for renown, for praise, and for glory; but they would not hear.”

Verse 7 says, “…there was the sash, ruined. It was profitable for nothing.” Verse 9 says, “…In this manner I will ruin the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem.”

What was that pride? Verse 10 says, “This evil people, who refuse to hear My words, who follow the dictates of their hearts…” As I read this I thought back to John 6:63 that says our flesh profits nothing.

1 Peter 2:9 says of all believers, “…you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

Our relationship with the Lord can be likened to the sash. We are tied, as it were, to Jesus. As He moves, we move with Him. As He walks, we walk. It is a great word picture of abiding. John 15:5 says, “…for without Me you can do nothing.”

Our flesh loves to ‘work’ for approval. It is a man pleaser. Ephesians 1:4 says that we were chosen before the foundation of the world. What was the reason? “…that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.”

Psalm 63:8 in the Amplified says, “My whole being follows hard after You and clings closely to You; Your right hand upholds me.” As a sash wrapped around Jesus’ waist, we would cling closely to Him. We would sense His Presence in each breath, in every movement, and we would catch every whispered word.

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