The Disciple Who Jesus Loved by Joel Urshan



The disciple beloved of Jesus or “the disciple whom Jesus loved” is used six times in the Gospel of John. The disciple whom Jesus loved is referred to, specifically, six times in John’s gospel:
It is this disciple who, while reclining beside Jesus at the Last Supper, asks Jesus who it is that will betray him, after being requested by Peter to do so. [Jn 13:23-25]
Later at the crucifixion, Jesus tells his mother, “Woman, here is your son”, and to the Beloved Disciple he says, “Here is your mother.” [Jn 19:26-27]
When Mary Magdalene discovers the empty tomb, she runs to tell the Beloved Disciple and Peter. The two men rush to the empty tomb and the Beloved Disciple is the first to reach it. However, Peter is the first to enter. [Jn 20:1-10]
In John 21, the last chapter of the Gospel of John, the Beloved Disciple is one of seven fishermen involved in the miraculous catch of 153 fish. [Jn 21:1-25]
Also in the book’s final chapter, after Jesus implies the manner in which Peter will die, Peter sees the Beloved Disciple following them and asks, “What about him?” Jesus answers, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.” [John 21:20-23]
Again in the Gospel’s last chapter, it states that the very book itself is based on the written testimony of the disciple whom Jesus loved. [John 21:24]
The other Gospels do not mention anyone in parallel circumstances who could be directly linked to the Beloved Disciple. For example, in Luke 24:12, Peter runs to the tomb. Matthew, Mark, and Luke do not mention any one of the 12 disciples having witnessed the crucifixion.

Also, the New Testament makes two references to an unnamed “other disciple” in John 1:35-40 and John 18:15-16, which may be to the same person based on the wording in John 20:2.

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