Who Was John? (Day Nineteen John 1-4)

As we did with Luke, it seems only right to get to know the author of the text we will be reading over the next few days.  So who was John?  For starters we know that he was the son of Zebedee and Salome (Mk. 1:20, 15:40; Matt 27:56).  He was a very experienced and wealthy fisherman on the Sea of Galilee (Mark 1:20).  John was also the younger brother of another well known Biblical character named James which means he was also most likely a cousin of Jesus. Jesus’ mother Mary and Salome may have been sisters (Jn. 19:25).  He was also a disciple of John the Baptist before following Christ’s ministry.  While he was a very prolific figure and writer it is interesting that John never mentions himself by name in his gospel.  Even though his name is never mentioned there is evidence that he did not exclude himself entirely from the biblical text.  For example it is believed that the account in John 1:35-40 is about John leaving John the Baptist in order to follow Christ.   Like James and Peter, John was part of the inner circle of the Twelve (cf. Matt. 17:1; Mark 5:37; 13:3; 14:33).  After Christ returned to heaven John became one of the leaders of the Jerusalem church (Acts 1:13; 3:1–11; 4:13–21; 8:14; Gal. 2:9).  Tradition says he lived in Ephesus overseeing the church there toward the end of his life. This is most likely where he wrote his gospel and three epistles.  John lived until the time of the emperor Trajan [A.D. 98–117] and was banished to the island of Patmos. It was there that he received and wrote the visions described in the book of Revelation (c. A.D. 94–96).  It is clear that John was a very important figure in the life of our Christian faith.  I really believe that you will be blessed over the coming days of The New Testament challenge as you spend time reading his account from this Gospel.


About Pastor Pete

Pete is the senior Pastor of Cowboy Fellowship in Pleasanton Texas. He is also the author of The Absolute Basics of Christianity, The Living Lamp, and a co-author of The Modern Day Disciple Bible Study series.
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2 Responses to Who Was John? (Day Nineteen John 1-4)

  1. evaasbury says:

    Thanks for this information, sometimes we wonder about different ones in these scriptiures. Where and whom they may be related to, how and where they may have went.

  2. Royce Hart says:

    Pastor Joseph Prince made the observation that John refers to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved”… and that phrase only appears in John’s own Gospel! This was the disciple who rested his head on Jesus’ bosom during the Last Supper. Pastor Prince also observed that John was the one disciple that didn’t leave Jesus during his crucifixion; “the disciple whom Jesus loved” was also the one Jesus chose to look after his mother (John 19:25-27). Knowing Jesus’ love for us equips us far better than professing our love for Him. Our love is human and imperfect. Simon Peter adamantly professed his great love for Jesus, that he’d never betray Him, but he denied Jesus three times the very same day (John 13:36-38).

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