John 13:23-25 NIV 2011
One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.”
Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?”
Having washed the disciples feet just before the Passover, Jesus was ready to give his disciples information about His departure. During this historic period, dinner guest reclined on couches and would lean on their left elbow placing their head toward the table. Mark 14:18, “While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, ‘Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me…’” John, “the disciple whom Jesus loved” was leaning into Jesus. John 19:26, 20:2 and 21:7 all have the same reference in John’s Gospel. Because of John’s intimate relationship, he asked the question while once again leaning into Jesus. Rest is found while leaning into Jesus.
When sleep eludes me at night, it’s time to pray. Beginning with those in need of extra prayer for illnesses, those who’ve been brought before me to pray for specific reasons and still others the Lord brings to mind, I pray. A friend posted a picture and quote from Charles Spurgeon, “Earth has no words that can convey the holy calm of a soul leaning on Jesus.” Her picture, an open Bible with a small someone resting in the crease. I find rest daily leaning into Jesus.
How are we leaning into Jesus today?
Resting in Jesus together,