Saint Study Podcast
Podcast # 112
- Hello everyone and
welcome to Saint Study Episode 112 – “St. John The Apostle”
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- Let’s look at
The Saint for this weeks study St. John The Apostle
- Saints Birth,
Life-Bio, Death, Feast Day,
- Early life unknown
- Son of Zebedee &
- Older brother was
James the Greater
- Often referred to as
“Sons of Zebedee” (their Father)
- Also called “Sons Of
Thunder” (Mark 3: 17)
- Also known as the
“Beloved One” – John did not forsake Jesus during His Crucifixion
- John was fisherman
with his older brother & their father on Lake Genesereth
- Was a follower of
John the Baptist before he was lead to Jesus. (Matthew 4:18-22)
- As he was
walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is
called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea,
they were fisherman. He said to them, “come after me, and I will
make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and
followed him. He walked along from there and saw two other
brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They
were in a boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He
called them and immediately they left their boat and their father
and followed him.
- Whenever the list of
the apostles is given (Acts 1:13 or Mark 3:17 etc) John is always
after James (The Greater). This is where it is thought that James is
the older brother to John.
- John holds a
prominent spot in the “Apostolic Body”
- Peter, James
(greater) & John are the only apostles to witness the miracle of
the raising of Jarusis’ daughter (Mark 5: 37) (see web site for
PDF file list of miracles during Jesus lifetime)
- Peter, James
(greater) & John are the only apostles to witness The
Transfiguration of Christ (Matthew 17: 1)
- Peter, James
(greater) & John are the only apostles invited to be with Christ
during His agony in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26: 37)
- John goes with
Peter to make arrangements for the Last Supper (Luke 22: 7-13)
- When the day
of the feast of unleavened bread arrived, the day for
sacrificing the Passover lamb, he sent out Peter and John,
instructing them, go and make preparations for us to eat the
Passover. They asked Him, “Where do you want us to make the
preparations?” And he answered them, “When you go into the city,
a man will meet you carrying a jar of water. Follow him into the
house that he enters and say to the master of the house, ‘The
teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room that I may eat the
Passover with my disciples?” He will show you a large upper room
that is furnished. Make the preparations there. Then they went
off and found everything exactly as He had told them and they
prepared the Passover.
- John sits at the
side of Jesus during the Last Supper.
- Shown in many
illustrations of the Last Supper when John is leaning his head on
the breast of Jesus. This is when Jesus tells them about someone
who will betray Him. (John 13: 21-30)
- Important note –
The evil one (satan) is close by taking all this in. Satan is
frustrated because Jesus foiled satan’s plans of corrupting man by
revealing that the Body and Blood of Christ are going to be
present in the Eucharist.
- Satan thought that
with the death of Jesus it would be easy to corrupt man.
- Primary reason for
the Eucharist – To keep Christ with us on Earth.
- John is thought to
have been the “other” apostle when Jesus was arrested and
accompanied Peter to the place of the high priest. ( John 18: 15)
- Simon Peter
and another apostle followed Jesus. Now the other
apostle was known to the high priest and he entered the
courtyard of the high priest with Jesus.
- John was only
apostle to be with Jesus while He was on the cross.
- Just before Jesus
died, He entrusted His mother Mary (Who was also at the cross) to
John’s care. From that point Mary was taken care of by John. (John
- After the
resurrection John & Peter were the first apostles to reach the
empty grave and realize Jesus had indeed risen. ( John 20: 2-10)
- Later (after the
resurrection) Christ appeared to the apostles while they were near
Lake Genesereth. John was the first apostle to recognize Jesus.
(John 21: 7)
- After Pentecost,
John was close to Peter and helped him in the founding and
guidance of the early church.
- John was with
- The healing of
the lame man in the temple. (Acts 3: 1) ( Peters first miracle)
- John is arrested
with Peter (Acts 4: 3)
- John goes with
Peter to Samaria.
- During Jesus’
ministry John tried to block a Samarian from their group.
Jesus used this opportunity to explain the “new way” which is
an open nature.
- John evangelized
in Jerusalem and Ephesus.
- He wrote the 4th
- John wrote three
epistles and possibly the book of Revelation.
associated with St. John the Apostle:
- Emperor Dometian
had him brought to Rome, beaten, poisoned, and thrown into a
cauldron of boiling oil, but he stepped out unharmed and was
banished to Patmos instead. This is commemorated by the feast of
Saint John before the Latin Gate.
- When John was en
route to preach in Asia, his ship was wrecked in a storm; all
but John were cast ashore. John was assumed dead, but two weeks
later the waves cast him ashore alive at the feet of his
- When John
denounced idol worship as demonic, followers of Artemis stoned
him; the rocks turned and hit the throwers.
- He prayed in a
temple of Artemis; fire from heaven killed 200 men who
worshipped the idol. When the remaining group begged for mercy,
he raised the 200 from the dead; they all converted and were
- Drove out a
demon that had lived in a pagan temple for 249 years.
- Aboard ship, he
purified vessels of sea water for drinking.
- Ceonops, a
magician, pretended to bring three dead people come to life; the
“people” were actually demons who mimicked people so the
magician could turn people away from Christ. Through prayer,
John caused the magician to drown and the demons to vanish.
- Once a year his
grave gave off a fragrant dust that cured the sick.
- John outlived all
fellow apostles. The only one thought to die of natural causes.
- Died c. 101
- Church built over
his tomb which was later converted to a mosque
- St. John the
Apostle’s feast day is December 27th.
Boise, Idaho, Diocese Of
Borgo Santo Sepolcro, Italy
Cleveland, Ohio, Diocese Of
Eger, Hungary, Archdiocese Of
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Archdiocese Of
Taos, New Mexico
- Conclusions –
Interesting notes about their life or sainthood
- Isn’t it remarkable
at the Last Supper when John asked Jesus who was going to betray
Him? Satan was nearby and understood very well what the Eucharist
meant. Satan believed that with Jesus dead that it would be easy to
corrupt man and tempt all men with sinful desires. But by creating
the institution the Eucharist, this meant that Jesus would be on
Earth forever and that it would be an effective way to keep evil
away from man as long as man took the Eucharist. That is why
Catholics believe that the Eucharist really is the Body, Blood, Soul
and Divinity of Jesus Christ. It was passed down from the last
supper and the Lord has been and is still present at all the
tabernacles throughout the world. The Eucharist is not a symbol but
really is the Body of Christ in the appearance of bread.
- Satan was able to
enter the heart of Judas who snuck away from the Passover meal.
- Preview of next
episode – St. James the Lesser
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