At Thursday Fellowship this week, Sue Cunningham continued with the third in her series on the gospel writers.
John was a Jew and was one of the twelve chosen by Jesus. Sue looked at John who was called a ‘Son of Thunder’, a fiery, ambitious, ill-disciplined Galilean fisherman, and compared him with the John who became ‘the Beloved Disciple’ after walking with and learning from Jesus for three years. Jesus had seen beyond the negative side of John’s character and saw great potential.
Over those years, Jesus singled him out, with his brother James and Simon Peter, for special occasions, like the raising of Jairus’s daughter, the Mount of Transfiguration and the Garden of Gethsemane on the night of Jesus’ arrest. When Jesus hung on the cross, He asked John to look after Mary, His mother, for Him.
John went on to be a powerful and fearless preacher in the face of persecution and eventually was exiled to the island of Patmos by the authorities.
As we like John walk closely with Jesus, He also transforms our lives, to become more and more like him!