The Disciple Jesus Loved

Throughout his gospel John calls himself ‘The disciple Jesus loved.’ Did John think Jesus favoured him above the others? I think not. Did John think he was closer to Jesus than the others? Yes, I think it’s likely that he considered himself to be the closest of the disciples. I will give some evidence for that below. But I don’t think that was the main reason for the description. I think the description was primarily John’s way of telling the world that he experienced the raw love of Jesus and it transformed him.
Evidence suggests that when John first began to follow Jesus he was not the most loving individual. In fact Jesus referred to John and his brother James as the ‘Sons of Thunder’ (Mark 3:17). And we don’t have to look far to know why. More