Later, John and Peter were sent to Samaria to impart gifts of the Holy Spirit on new converts (Acts 8:14, 15). They witnessed the raising of Jairus' daughter (Mark 5:37; Luke 8:51) 2. Peter and John were arrested and brought before the council. They were present at the transfiguration (Matthew 17:1; Mark. We get the vast majority of our information about John from the pages of the four gospels. Like many of Jesus’ disciples, he was a fisherman by trade. Also according to Church tradition, Salome was the sister of Mary, Jesus' mother, so Salome was Jesus' aunt, and her sons John the Apostle and James were Jesus' cousins. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. ", By Jon W. Quinn From Expository Files 14.10; October 2007. John's Gospel is strikingly different from Matthew, Mark, and Luke, the three Synoptic Gospels, which means "seen with the same eye" or from the same viewpoint. A previous relationship with Joseph Caiaphas allowed John to be present in the high priest's house during Jesus' trial. “ Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. John and Peter were sent by Jesus to prepare a place to observe the final Passover (Luke 22:8). Legend was he studied under John the Disciple and met others who had “seen Jesus.” But there’s no evidence that’s true; and it’s highly unlikely. Later, John, like the other apostles, fled into the night when Jesus was arrested. Christ changed John. By our lives they should be able to tell that we have been with Jesus (spiritually by a living faith). John writes of the first post resurrection appearance of Jesus to the apostles (John 20:19-23) and also of his informing Thomas of what Thomas had missed, (vs. 24-25). According to the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) John was one of the first disciples Jesus called to follow him. We find that John never mentions himself by name in his gospel. Father - ZebedeeMother - SalomeBrother - James, John 11:25-26Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Shortly before the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 AD, John moved to Ephesus. These three (Peter, James, and John) were privileged to be with Jesus at the raising of Jairus' daughter from the dead, at the transfiguration, and during Jesus' agony in Gethsemane. On the following first day of the week, the third day after Jesus' death, John and Peter ran to the tomb of Christ after receiving word that His body was gone (John 20:2, 3). He uses many symbolic titles for Jesus, such as the Lamb of God, resurrection, and the vine. John and Peter were sent by Jesus to prepare a place to observe the final Passover (Luke 22:8). Although John is not specifically identified as a disciple of John the Baptist, his habit of not naming himself is set in the context of John 1:35-40 when he cites only Andrew. Scholars, with good reason, believe that the "other disciple" mentioned in John 1:35-42 is John. 4:12-16). He knew it was to be that way according to God's plan. It was done at a wedding feast in Cana (John. Though not directly stated, we know that John was called the beloved disciple, or “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (John 21:20-24 John and James asked for fire from heaven to be sent on the villages (Luke 9:51-54; Mark 3:17). We are blessed if we believe in Jesus as God. Christians are to be selfless people. John saw himself only in relation to Christ, "the beloved of Jesus." Everyone thought He was referring to the literal temple (John 2:18-22). As Jesus hung on the cross the following day, He asked John to take care of His mother (John 19:26). Later, John, like the other apostles, fled into the night when Jesus was arrested. John the Apostle. We read that witness through the Holy Spirit inspired scriptures (John 20:30-31; 1 John 1:1-3). John was from Galilee, but had traveled far to the south to hear John the Baptist and become his disciple, as had James, Peter and Andrew. On the cross, Jesus entrusted the care of his mother, Mary, to an unnamed disciple, probably John, who took her into his home (John 19:27). We are given no reason for this, but most think it has to do with John's modesty. Sometimes we see and hear things that makes us angry as well. He was an elder in the early church and helped spread the gospel message. 1. Our lives should also reflect the glory of Christ. He wondered about things Jesus taught that he did not yet understand, but would eventually. Fisherman, a disciple of Jesus, evangelist, Scripture author. These three alone were privileged to witness some events the others were not. He advised and counseled many people who would later become believers in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. He was the only one of the 12 apostles present at the cross. (NIV), Revelation 22:12-13"Behold, I am coming soon! John continually emphasizes that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God, sent by the Father to take away the sins of the world. Note John's record of Thomas' reaction to seeing Jesus and his identification of Him as "my Lord and my God!" These men were seeking for something, and they came to the right place (Matthew 6:33; 7:7). Christ is the Savior who offers every person eternal life. One example was Jesus predicting His own death and resurrection by referring to the destruction and rebuilding of "this temple" . Both John and his brother earned the nickname "sons of thunder" when some Samaritan villages rejected Jesus. 1:14; Matt. John was a member of the inner circle of three who accompanied Jesus even when the others were absent. John Becomes A Disciple We first see John as a disciple of John the Baptist (John 1:35). 4:5-42). Of course, Jesus declined, but did give them the nickname. We have no text from Polycarp himself making this claim. We must not allow our anger to cause us to forget God's love for the sinner or for our enemy. (1 John 2:3-6) People marveled because John "had been with Jesus" (Acts 4:13). As Christ loves us, we are to love others. That earned them the nickname Boanerges, or "sons of thunder.". Share Flipboard Email Print John Outruns Peter to the Tomb. John served the church in Jerusalem for many years, then moved to work in the church at Ephesus. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. "Behold the Lamb of God!" Jesus said we must be so willing to put Him and His kingdom first. John asked when Christ's prophecy of the destruction of Jerusalem would come to pass (Mark. We find John sitting next to Jesus at the Passover meal. His mother was also a disciple, and one of the women to visit the empty tomb of Jesus on that best of all Sunday mornings. John was the "disciple whom Jesus loved." These disciples in this passage left John the Baptist and stayed with Jesus the remainder of the day. (Isaiah 53:7,8; 1 Peter 1:19,20). After Pentecost, John teamed up with Peter to fearlessly preach the gospel in Jerusalem and suffered beatings and imprisonment for it. Some disciples, including John, seemed to be called a second time in Galilee while they were fishing. My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. Discipleship calls for sacrifice. We find John sitting next to Jesus at the Passover meal. Next, he and Peter managed to get into the courtyard to see what was happening to Jesus (John 18:15-16). He and his brother James were the sons of Zebedee and Salome. Paul called John one of the pillars of the Jerusalem church: John was especially loyal to Jesus. Next, he and Peter managed to get into the courtyard to see what was happening to Jesus (John 18:15-16). He wrote the books of John, 1, 2, and 3 John, and Revelation. Because John experienced the unconditional love of Jesus firsthand, he preached that love in his gospel and letters. John witnessed the life of Christ firsthand. (NIV), Jack Zavada is a writer who covers the Bible, theology, and other Christianity topics. John was ready to follow Jesus. (27-29). They were with Christ in Gethsemane (Matthew 26:37; Mark 14:33). John also saw Jesus drive the money changers out of the temple in Jerusalem (John 2:13-17). If we follow Jesus, we are assured of forgiveness and salvation. Some scholars speculate that John may have been a cousin of Jesus. John is mentioned in the four Gospels, the book of Acts, and as the narrator of Revelation. They later became part of Christ's inner circle, along with the Apostle Peter. ANSWER: John the Apostle is thought to have been a disciple of John the Baptist before meeting Jesus (John 1:35). They would hear the prophet speak of the Son;. John pastored a church in Ephesus. Jesus issued a personal call to Philip: "Follow me." John's Life With Christ John tells us about Jesus' first miracle. 13:3, 4). On one occasion, when a Samaritan village rejected Jesus, James and John asked if they should call down fire from heaven to destroy the place. He also asked for a favored position in Jesus' kingdom. He was a part of Christ's inner ring of beloved disciples which included Peter and James. He is credited with writing the Gospel of John; the letters 1 John, 2 John, and 3 John; and the book of Revelation.