When did you first meet Jesus?
George Methodist church
With Peter Veysie
Sunday 19th September 2021
8am and 10am
Level 2 Lockdown 201 people.
I am sure that if you made a commitment to Jesus you will remember the exact place and possible time when you gave your heart to the Lord. I recorded a few folk who were willing to share their short story today and so here we go. It’s really profound.
There is a lot of power in the sharing of our stories and they are able to overcome evil – Revelation 12:11 – the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony.
Testimonies powerful – watch video
The stories we hear in the bible share graphically how different young men and woman encountered the Lord and they were radically changed. I wonder if we take the ministry of evangelism seriously anymore ?Children’s and youth ministry are so critical!!! I also wonder if we know how to share our faith in a caring and loving and not pushy kind of way ? In the chosen we find the disciples and the mother of Jesus Mary grief stricken as this is the time when Jesus had left them. We all know what this feels like and they are remembering the first time that they met. I love the word eulogy because it speaks of spaking well of someone. John is seen sitting at a desk and writing down his gospel and also sharing his story.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. Psalm 37:5 (ESV)
Who is John and when did he first meet Jesus ?
1.John the Apostle from wikipedia a sent one
John the Apostle was the son of Zebedee and the younger brother of James, son of Zebedee (James the Greater). According to Church tradition, their mother was Salome. Also according to some traditions, Salome was the sister of Mary, Jesus’ mother, making Salome Jesus’ aunt, and her sons John the Apostle and James were Jesus’ cousins.
He was first a disciple of John the Baptist. John the Apostle is traditionally believed to be one of two disciples (the other being Andrew) recounted in John 1: 35-39, who upon hearing the Baptist point out Jesus as the “Lamb of God”, followed Jesus and spent the day with him.
Zebedee and his sons fished in the Sea of Galilee. Jesus then called Peter, Andrew and these two sons of Zebedee to follow him. James and John are listed among the Twelve Apostles. Jesus referred to the pair as “Boanerges” (translated “sons of thunder”). A gospel story relates how the brothers wanted to call down heavenly fire on an unhospitable Samaritan town, but Jesus rebuked them. [Lk 9:51-6] John lived on for another generation after the martyrdom of James, who was the first Apostle to die a martyr’s death.
We are all needing to not only make a commitment to the Lord but then to go – to be a sent one and to share the experience with others.
Titles are a big challenge in our world right now and we need to be aware of this. The word apostle refers to a function and definitely not a title. Some are called specifically to be apostles and this is important but out of a serving heart.
John the Evangelist – the good news guy.
Peter, James and John were the only witnesses of the raising of the Daughter of Jairus. All three also witnessed the Transfiguration, and these same three witnessed the Agony in Gethsemane more closely than the other Apostles did. John was the disciple who reported to Jesus that they had ‘forbidden’ a non-disciple from casting out demons in Jesus’ name, prompting Jesus to state that ‘he who is not against us is on our side’.
Jesus sent only John and Peter into the city to make the preparation for the final Passover meal (the Last Supper).[Lk 22:8] At the meal itself, the “disciple whom Jesus loved” sat next to Jesus. It was customary to recline on couches at meals, and this disciple leaned on Jesus. Tradition identifies this disciple as Saint John.[Jn 13:23-25] After the arrest of Jesus, Peter and the “other disciple” (according to tradition, John) followed him into the palace of the high-priest.
John alone, among the Apostles, remained near Jesus at the foot of the cross on Calvary alongside myrrhbearers and numerous other women; following the instruction of Jesus from the Cross, John took Mary, the mother of Jesus, into his care as the last legacy of Jesus.[Jn 19:25-27] After Jesus’ Ascension and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, John, together with Peter, took a prominent part in the founding and guidance of the church. He was with Peter at the healing of the lame man at Solomon’s Porch in the Temple[Ac 3:1 et seq.] and he was also thrown into prison with Peter.[Acts 4:3] He went with Peter to visit the newly converted believers in Samaria.[Acts 8:14]
While he remained in Judea and the surrounding area, the other disciples returned to Jerusalem for the Apostolic Council (about AD 51). Paul, in opposing his enemies in Galatia, recalls that John explicitly, along with Peter and James the Just, were referred to as “pillars of the church” and refers to the recognition that his Apostolic preaching of a gospel free from Jewish Law received from these three, the most prominent men of the messianic community at Jerusalem.
Jesus was very intentional in enabling John to see things from the inner circle . He had called him to walk in a powerful and relational with Him and he was growing him into the place where he could share the good news.
We are called to share the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is so much bad news out there and we need to find ways to share good news in the kindest and most effective way possible.
Jesus and the Beloved Disciple
The phrase “the disciple who Jesus loved as a brother”is used six times in the Gospel of John, but in no other New Testament accounts of Jesus. John 21:24 claims that the Gospel of John is based on the written testimony of this disciple. We see that John refers to himself like this and it may seem quite vein, and yet it expresses a deep and loving confident relationship with the Lord. He knew the Love that came from Jesus and he not experienced that love, but also allowed others to experience it as well.
We are called to love and be loved, to care with all of our hearts and to be the hands and feet of the Lord.
John the author
Church tradition has held that John is the author of the Gospel of John and four other books of the New Testament – the three Epistles of John and the Book of Revelation. John 21:24 claims that the Gospel of John is based on the written testimony of the “Beloved Disciple”.
According to the Book of Revelation, its author was on the island of Patmos “for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus”, when he was honoured with the vision contained in Revelation.[Rev. 1:9]
John chose to not only follow Jesus and share the Good News but also to write his story down.
It is so important that we share our stories with others and to find a space and time to possibly write them down as well or record them on our cell phones. We have a strong youth and children’s church here at GMC and it is built on years of faithfully continuing the ministry in the same direction.
As we conclude and look at our own lives then what about us ?
- Are we responding the call to be sent ones – apostolos?
- Are we sharing the good news?
- Do we experience a deep and loving relationship with almighty God and with others.
4. Called to write down /record our stories !!! Don’t let your story get lost or wasted !!!