May 8, 2020
“And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.”
What exactly does it mean to “abide” in Jesus? We probably wrestle with that concept because it’s more of a relational term than a practical one. To “abide” in the Greek means to remain in place, to stay, to dwell, to continue, to be present, even to endure. So to abide in Christ is to remain in Him, to continue with Him in our journey of life, and to live our lives with Him present in our day-to-day. Not just as a concept, but present.
It’s fascinating that John is the author of this epistle as well as the Gospel of John. In John 13:25 we find this disciple was actually “leaning against” Jesus while they reclined at the last supper. He leaned against JESUS? He leaned against the amazing healer, the miracle worker for whom even the winds and waves obey?
Two questions immediately leap to mind:
First, who does that in our culture? Not many men feel comfortable leaning against another in such an intimate expression of brotherly affection.
Second (and more importantly), would I dare to do that? Would I have the nerve, the audacity to lean against my Savior just because of my affection for Him?
(And would that even be okay with Jesus??)
Yes, it’s okay! In fact, it’s more than okay. It’s a beautiful picture of the amazing love our amazing God extends to us. He welcomes us to draw so close.
Would you lean against Jesus if you had the chance?
Although you can’t physically lean into Jesus, what ways can you lean into (and abide in) Jesus this week?