የዮሐንስ ወንጌል ትርጓሜ /2/ - Commentary on the Gospel of John /2/

 



Who is the writer of The Gospel of John ?
 

The writer of the Gospel of John is Saint John. In the New Testament, there are three persons who are known by this name; John the Baptist, John the Apostle and John, called Mark (Mark the Apostle). The writer of the Gospel is thus named after the Gospel he had written, John the Apostle. Along with his brother James; when John was called from his fishing job, he immediately left the ship and his father, Zebedee. /Mat 4:21/ He left his earthly father that he loves for the love of the Lord. How special the calling of our Lord Jesus Christ is ? When John was presented the Lord that is bigger than his father; the task of the Gospel that is much bigger than fishing; Kingdom of God that is bigger than the sea of Galilee; he did not pause for a second.

When called by God, he did not look for another human being for an advice. Whom do we really consult when called by God ?  John made the biggest decision of his life after a sermon that was just a sentence long “follow me, I will make you the fisher of men”. People think by teaching long hours and orating beautifully, they can persuade others to the Kingdom of God. But when God whispers “follow me” to one’s ears, a person  makes a lifelong decision without hesitation. This John, John the Apostle, was the youngest of all the Disciples. He joined early and served the Lord for the longest. He dedicated his prime age to serve the Lord; did not wait till his years draw nigh.

John the Apostle wrote five books in the New Testament. One Gospel, three epistles and one prophecy. He is the one who wrote the only prophetic book in the New Testament, Book of Revelation. John, not only started his service of the Lord early; he also lasted the longest. He completed his journey with Christ and died in 95 A.D. at the isle of Patmos (Greece). He served the Lord faithfully for 65 years. John is also known by many descriptive nicknames.



1.      The Son of Thunder: Due to their aggressive and intensive personality, this nickname was given to John and his brother James by the Lord. /Mark 3:17/

2.      The Apostle: He wrote one of the four Gospels  

3.      The Disciple whom Jesus Loved: John himself used this nickname in the Gospel of John /John 13:23;19:26;20:2;21:7;21:20/. His way of boasting about the love that the Lord has for him instead of his love of the Lord.

4.      Abukelemsis: From an Arabic word “Abukalibs” meaning apocalypse. A Prophet or father of prophecy. Name given to him since he wrote the only prophetic book in the New Testament.

5.      Tao/Logos:  John wrote exclusively about the Person of Christ. In his Gospel, John wrote extensively about the Divine nature of Christ, as God.

6.      The Prophet: John wrote in detail about events leading up to the Second Coming of Christ in the Book of Revelation. His revelation book is also classified as a book of prophecy; the only prophetic book in the New Testament.

7.      Virgin: John chose celibacy to devote himself for serving God uninterrupted.