Home group again tonight, focusing on John 19. A point I raised that occurred to me regarding John as the disciple whom Jesus loved was that in John 13: 23 he writes
Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.
There seems to be a connection with John being the disciple whom Jesus loved and his leaning on Jesus' bosom. John is clearly goading us into seeing a narrative connection between this instance of intimacy at the last supper and that which Jesus enjoys with his Father. That is, that the intimacy he shared with Jesus parallels the intimacy Jesus and the Father have shared from before time. In John 1: 18 he writes
No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
The spreading love of God in Christ shares itself through the total intimacy of his being in the bosom of the Father, an intimacy that Jesus draws John into, and by implication this is shared with those who believe in Jesus through John's word.