This Is The Word Of The Lord
Sunday September 29th, 2013
Russian Orthodox icon of the Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian
18th century (Iconostasis of TransfigurationChurch, Kizhi Monastery, Karelia,Russia).
John the Apostle lived from c. AD 6 – c. 100, and he was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus according to The Bible. The son of Zebedee and the brother of James, it is believed that he survived all of the remaining Apostles, who (it is believed) died a martyrs death. And while there are many named John who have been honored as Sainta by the Roman Catholic Church, John the Apostle is likely also known as John the Evangelist, John of Patmos, and the Beloved Disciple.
He is identified by scholars as the author of five books of the Bible including, “The Gospel of John”, the “three Epistles of John”, and the “Book of Revelation”!
Gospel, John 1:47-51 NIV
When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”
“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.
Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”
Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”
Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” He then added, “Very truly I tell you,you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.”
What Does John Mean?
While some scholars view this passage as a way for Christ to show the world the omniscience of his deity. He is able to discern Nathaniel sitting under the fig tree, hidden from sight. And this is likely one explanation that merits consideration. But I prefer to see this in another way….Christ’s more human way! I see Christ as someone who is intuitive, observant and able to make some draw some conclusions about a person’s character simply from His instantaneous observations of them.This is a gift that some possess, but few display, even today! Couple this with an ability to speculate what will or might be based on that discernment, and it is understandable that there will always be those who doubt!
Revelation 12:7-12 NIV
Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.”
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