09 April 2009

Listen to the Heartbeat

"One of His disciples, whom Jesus loved, was lying close to the breast of Jesus." (John 13:23)

We must not hurry past this scene in search of deeper revelation, or we will miss a magnificent insight. John lays his head on the heart of God, on the breast of the Man whom the council of Nicea defined as "being co-equal and consubstantial to the Father... God from God, Light from Light, True God from True God."

This passage should not be reduced to a historical memory. It can become a personal encounter, radically affecting our understanding of who God is and what our relationship with Jesus is meant to be. God allows a young Jew, reclining in the rags of his twenty-odd years, to listen to His heartbeat!

~Brennan Manning "Abba's Child"

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