The Disciples: John

After Peter, we probably know more about John than any of the other disciples. Many believe John and his brother, were followers of John the Baptist.  However, these followers are never mentioned by name.  {John 1:35-39} Scripture first shows Jesus interaction with John and his brother on the sea shore.  Actually, Jesus came upon Peter and Andrew first and “going […]

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John, the Beloved Disciple

John was part of Jesus’s inner circle, but he also has another name he gave himself.  That of the beloved disciple. The Gospel of John is believed to have been written by John the apostle.  This is the only book of the Bible, in which the beloved disciple is referred to.  We do not know what prompted John to refer […]

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The Disciples: James

James was the brother of John.  He was the son of Zebedee and his mother is believed to be Salome. The name James is a version of Jacob, meaning to supplant. James is always listed first, leading to the belief he was the older of the two.  James and John, along with their father, were fishermen.  The men were fishing […]

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The Disciples: Simon Peter

We have been looking at the life of Jesus through the eyes of the witnesses of his birth and death.  However, what about his life?  Other, than his mother, those who knew him best were his inner circle, the twelve disciples.  But who were these men?  What do we know about them and what happened to them after Jesus ascension […]

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John, after the Transfiguration

The book of Acts opens with the transfiguration and then the men return to the upper room to wait. John is mentioned along with the other disciples. While in the upper room the Holy Spirit comes upon them. “Many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.”  {Acts 2:43} John was with Peter, when his friend performed his first miracle.  […]

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John, If I Want Him to Remain

Jesus asked Peter “Lovest thou me?” and tells him how he will die. {John 21:12-19} So, Peter is like so many of us. He wants to know about his friend. He looks over at John and asked “what about him?” How did Jesus answer? “Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that […]

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John, At the Resurrection

Jesus has been crucified and the disciples are probably feeling lost and questioning everything that happened the last three years. We do not know where they are or who else is with them, but we do know they are together. Mary Magdalene runs up to them and tells them the stone has been moved from the tomb. The two men […]

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John, Near the Foot of the Cross

Jesus has been arrested, tried and sentenced to death. Each of the gospel accounts mention the women gathered at the cross to witness the crucifixion of Jesus, either by name or as a group.  {Matthew 27:55-56; Mark 15:40; Luke 23:49}. However, none of the other gospels mention the disciples. We know Judas is remorseful and commits suicide. Peter is remorseful […]

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John, Willing to Suffer for Jesus

The disciples did not understand Jesus purpose, nor his power at times. A crowd was following Jesus to Jerusalem.  We are told they are afraid of what’s to come. He took the twelve disciples aside and tried to prepare them for what was to come. He told them he would be beat, made fun of, spit on and killed.  {Mark […]

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Peter and John

We have been review John’s relationship with Jesus and his eyewitness to not only Easter, but the life of Jesus. However, there is one other man who is often mentioned with John and that is Peter. Clearly, we know Peter and John knew one another before they met Jesus, because Peter is with Zebedee and his sons, when Jesus comes […]

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John in the Garden of Gethsemane

After the Passover meal ended, Jesus went to Gethsemane which is a garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. “Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and […]

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John, Preparing the Passover Meal

We know John is one of Jesus inner circle, along with his brother James and Simon Peter. James and John have been renamed the Sons of Thunder and we explored the power in their words last week. Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem, where they will celebrate the Passover meal. “Jesus sent Peter and John and said, “Go and get […]

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John, part of the Inner Circle

Jesus has called his twelve disciples, however of these men he has a closer, more intimate inner circle.  He has three with whom he is very close. These men often go with him when the other men do not.  Why these men? Scripture doesn’t tell us. Maybe they hit it off better than the others.  We have some friends we […]

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James and John, the Sons of Thunder

Last week, we met James and John with their father, Zebedee.  Jesus has called James, John and Simon {Peter} who was with them as fishers of men.  However, he has a special command for these men also. “James and John were brothers. They were the sons of Zebedee. He named them Boanerges, which means, The Sons of Thunder.”  {Mark 3:17} […]

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Peter, the Disciple

We discovered that Peter and his brother, Andrew, were called by Jesus to be his disciple.  The brothers were fishermen in Galilee .The Gospel of John provides additional information on the calling of Andrew and Peter.  {John 1:35-42} “Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples” {v.35} This is referring to John the Baptist, who was […]

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Hall of Faith: John, the Faithful

In looking at those in the New Testament who belong in the Hall of Faith, one would think of the Apostle John. In the Gospel of John, he is referred to as the “Beloved disciple” or the “disciple whom Jesus loved”. He is first introduced in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke as “ he saw other two brethren, James […]

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Jesus, the Son of God

As we wrap up the sons in the Bible series, it is fitting to end with the ultimate son, who is also the sun. Jesus Christ is the son of God.  On earth, he was the son of Mary and Joseph. His birth was foretold and he was born of a virgin.  The Lord announced his arrival to the shepherds […]

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Heroes of the Faith: Billy Graham

Billy Graham would have turned 100 on November 7th. So, in celebration of his birthday, we will join him as a hero of the Faith. Billy Graham is considered America’s Pastor, the Great Legitimator and Pastor to the Presidents. William Franklin Graham, Jr. was born on November 7, 1918 in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was the oldest of four children […]

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