Today’s Scripture: Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. John 20:2‑4
In the book of John, John refers to himself as the disciple whom Jesus loved. It is obvious that he had a very personal relationship with his Savior: he was one of three who went with Christ to the Mount of Transfiguration, it was John who was right next to Jesus during the Last Supper, and when Jesus was dying, He gave the responsibility of taking care of His mother to John.
John was the first disciple to see the empty tomb, and he would be the only apostle to not be martyred. He would be imprisoned, tortured, and isolated for his faith, but never executed.1 He wrote the books John, I John, II John, III John, and Revelation.
His personal relationship with Christ would last through his entire life. It did not end when Christ ascended. Often when Christians have something come up in their life, they can clearly see God’s hand working through their life and their personal relationship with God becomes very close. However, when God’s hand is not as clear as it was, then their relationship is no longer as personal as it used to be. We ought to strive to avoid being guilty of that.
John was known for his wonderfully close relationship with Christ. Are you?
1John Foxe, Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, Chapter 1, XVI. John
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.