Jesus Christ experienced love with His beloved disciple, which makes Him a part of the LGBTQ+ community of today.
Recently, there was a short film released on Netflix titled The First Temptation of Christ that had Christians in an uproar because the film showed Jesus as gay. While I can understand why Christians were highly offended by the whole movie. I can also understand why the individuals who made the film depicted Jesus in a same-sex relationship.
If we look at the Bible and read the gospel of John carefully, we can understand that Jesus was quite in love with this beloved disciple that just so happened to be of the male gender. The Bible does not show Jesus being affectionate with a woman like it does with His beloved disciple.
“There was reclining on Jesus' bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved.” John 13:23
If the Bible shows how affectionate Jesus was with this one disciple, why should we as Christians become offended for some individuals that make the same observation in the Bible as I (and others) have when showing the life of Jesus? This scene of Jesus in the Bible has made some Christians so uncomfortable to the point that some translations of the Bible say, “One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him”, NIV. Why change what the Bible says if everyone is so sure Jesus wasn’t in a same-sex relationship? This is the only disciple that Jesus was affectionate with and described as the one “whom Jesus loved”.
Would Christians be ashamed to have a Savior that was in love and affectionate with another man? Would Christians, in this day and age, again crucify Jesus for being in love with someone of His own gender?
Or would we serve Him and love Him just as we always have?
Jesus’ sexuality is such a small part of who He is. Just like sexuality is such a small part of who we all are as individuals. Yet, we focus on sexuality like it's 75% of our being, when in actuality it's probably less than 3%. Why is it that who we love validates if we are a true believer in God? Why is it that who we love gives us a chance to hold a position in church? Jesus was still God even though the Bible says He loved John. The Bible didn’t strip Jesus of who He was called to be because of who He loved. So, why do we reject gay individuals when they want to be a part of the worship team? Why do openly gay and quietly gay pastors have to remain celibate and quiet about whom they may love or have an affection towards? Just because heterosexuality is more common doesn’t mean homosexuality is wrong, it just makes it the minority. But those in heterosexual relationships can still claim not to be a heterosexual and vice a versa with those in homosexual relationships. It all depends on who God joins us to that determines what the relationship looks like. The Bible shows not even a heterosexual couple are in control of their union. Jesus says, “What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate” Matthew 19:6. We don’t join ourselves to whomever we want. That’s one of the reasons why there is divorce, loveless marriages, and adultery. We are called to be Spirit led (Romans 8:14) that means in all things, including love.
Jesus is Love in the flesh
Jesus was fully God, yes, but He was also fully human. Jesus experienced romantic love, which is a beautiful and needed experience (read The Importance of Eros (Romantic Love)). And He experienced it with John. Peter even recognized the special relationship of Jesus and His beloved. “Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them; the one who also had leaned back on His bosom at the supper and said, ‘Lord, who is the one who betrays You?’ So, Peter seeing him said to Jesus, ‘Lord, and what about this man?’” John 21:20-21. Peter realized that Jesus had a special connection with John, and so Jesus replied to him, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me!” John 21:22. Jesus had a special connection with John, but Jesus was still Jesus and John was still John, therefore we follow Jesus.
Jesus and John had a spiritual connection
In one of my earlier posts entitled When Two Hearts Become One, I look at the story of Jonathan and David. The Bible describes their souls as being knit together 1 Samuel 18:1. The souls of Jonathan and David were knit together because it was originally ‘one’ from before when Adam and Eve multiplied their “male and female” soul in Genesis 1 (learn more in Be Fruitful and Multiply). While it is not written that Jesus and John soul were knit, I can make a strong assumption that they were because of the way the Bible describes the disciple as “the one whom Jesus loved”. Jesus and John had a special intimate relationship, a spiritual connection, and the Bible was not afraid to show the love that Jesus had for this disciple that was not a woman. John was Jesus' friend who was as His own soul (Deuteronomy 13:6).
"God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him" 1 John 4:16
As God's people, we can become offended and consider things like Jesus being in a same-sex relationship as blasphemous because we truly don’t understand Love. God is striving to get us to understand Love. He put it plain in His Word, and yet, we ignore it because it is not a part of societies norms and what we constantly see throughout the whole Bible, which is heterosexual relationships. But in the couple of examples where we see two individuals of the same sex loving each other, we paint over it with our own version of love that seems correct to us. That is not how the Bible should be read. Instead, when we don’t understand something we should seek and ask Him for understanding, so that we may truly know what His Word teaches. So, that we can truly know our Heavenly Father.
We can’t rewrite the Bible to make ourselves comfortable and justified to rightly persecute and exclude others because their love is not a part of the majority. We can’t rewrite the little area of Jesus life that looks “sinful” to us.