According to the Bible, John the apostle not only loved his Master but he was the “disciple whom Jesus loved” (John 20:2; 21:7, 20). This phrase was John’s favorite designation of himself (John 19:26; 20:2; 21:7, 20). In the last Supper, John rested his head on the bosom of Jesus (John 13:23).
According to Bible, John and James were the sons of Zebedee (Matthew 4:21). John and his brother fished in the Sea of Galilee. They were at first the disciples of John the Baptist but when Jesus called them, they immediately followed Him (Matthew 4:22). John and his brother are listed among the Twelve Disciples of Jesus (Matthew 10:2).
Jesus named John and his brother the “sons of thunder” (Mark 3:17; Luke 9:54) because by nature they were proud, ambitious, impulsive, and ready to retaliate (Mark 10:35–41). But when John submitted his heart to the work of the Holy Spirit, he was transformed into the likeness of His Master more fully than any of the other disciples. And he became a man of deep spiritual understanding, which developed as he beheld in Jesus the reflection of God (2 Corinthians 3:18).
As James was the first of the twelve to give his life as a martyr for God around approximately A.D. 44 (Acts 12:1, 2), John was last to die around approximately A.D. 96. Many have identified the mother of John, and the wife of Zebedee, as Salome (Mark 15:40; Matt. 27:56).
According to early Christian tradition, John served as pastor of the church at Ephesus and supervisor of the churches throughout the Roman province of Asia. It is generally accepted that John is the author of the Gospel of John, the three Epistles of John, and the Book of Revelation. He wrote the book of Revelation while he was exiled on the island of Patmos, condemned to labor in the mines by Caesar Domitian.
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