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July 8, 2006

John: The Youngest Disciple

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JOHN – The Youngest Disciple*

 

 

 

 

QUESTION: What can you tell me about John the Disciple? (Inner 3; one of the “son’s of thunder)

 

Central Bible Truth: Even when you are young, you can serve God.

Focal Passage: 1 Tim 4:12 (NIV) Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

QUESTION: Where have you seen this scripture just “hanging around?” (It is our youth groups main scripture….it is on all of their T-shirts that they wear to Youth Events.

Most of the time, people who are young do not think that they can do much for Christ. They think that they have to be older. Often, we older generation people feel the same way. We need to encourage our youth to not wait until later to serve God. Youth will at times make mistakes, just like John did, but God used John in powerful ways.

THINK ABOUT IT: In the public schools we expect the youth of today to learn Algebra, Calculus, and Physics. Why is it we don’t think they can do anything for God?

Young People Trivia

 

 

 

RUTH LAWRENCE began going to Oxford University when she was twelve years old. She is the youngest person ever to do that.

BENJAMIN COHEN started a company called <soJewish.com>, which became the largest free Jewish newspaper in the world. He was a millionaire by the age of sixteen.

ALBERT WONG is a famous pianist. He began to play when he was three, and at age five he beat many teenagers to win first place in a Dallas piano competion. He made his first CD at ten years of age.

John had a desire for position

 

Matt 20:20-23 (NIV) Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. 21 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. “What is it you want?” he asked. She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.” 22 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?” “We can,” they answered. 23 Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.”  

      

     

  • John was already a part of the “inner three” (James, John, Simon Peter)
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  • He thought he deserved a prestigious place and title in Heaven.
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  • What does the answer “we can” imply?
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    • They were prideful. They didn’t even know what “cup” Jesus was talking about.

     

     

  • What “cup” was Jesus talking about?

 

 

 

      

     

        

       

    • His death: Matt 26:39 (NIV) Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”? 

       

INNER THREE

 

Healing of the dead girl:  

      

  • Mark 5:37-41 (NIV) He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue ruler, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39 He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” 40 But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”).? 

    The Transfiguration: 

        

    • Matt 17:1-2 (NIV) After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.

    After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 

    After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.  

    The Garden of Gethsemane 

        

       

    • Matt 26:37-38 (NIV) He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”? 

  • He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. When they came to the home of the synagogue ruler, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her,

    He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. When they came to the home of the synagogue ruler, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her,

He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. When they came to the home of the synagogue ruler, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, OK, so John was one of the “inner three.” How could this fact helped, or hindered, John’s behavior? 

      

     

  • HELPED: More hands-on training from Jesus himself; more exposure to growth type situations.
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  • HINDERED: Might have led to pride because he might have felt that he was more important than others.

 

 

QUESTION to consider: Is it possible that John was one of the “inner three” because of his youth and Jesus needed to train him more?

 

John had a desire for exclusion

 

Luke 9:49-50 (NIV) “Master,” said John, “we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.” 50 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “for whoever is not against you is for you.”QUESTION:  

      

     

  • Why was John concerned about this? What was his motivation?
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    • It was his pride. Look at verse 40 It says that the disciples couldn’t drive out demons out of a man. But in verse 49 we see that a non-disciple drove them out in Jesus’ name.

     

     

  • Can you tell me a time when “we”, in today’s society, have a desire for exclusion?

 

John had a desire to be the judge

 

Luke 9:51-55 (NIV) As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; 53 but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. 54 When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” 55 But Jesus turned and rebuked them. 

Here’s what the King James says: Luke 9:55-56 (KJV) But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. 56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.Luke 19:10 (NIV) For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”Why was John acting like this? Why did he want to kill them? (Because they had insulted the Son of God and John was still immature in his Christian growth. He still didn’t understand that Jesus taught “love” not “death”. At this point in his development he had totally missed the point as to why Jesus was here.)This might have been yet another example of John’s temper, which is how he and his brother were named “Sons of Thunder”.Mark 3:17 (NIV) James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means Sons of Thunder).

Point to notice in the scripture above in Luke! John didn’t ask if Jesus was going to call down fire; he asked if HE himself could call it down. Why is this significant?

Another point to notice: This kind of kills the old saying, “Good Samaritan doesn’t it? It is important to remember that the Samaritans as well as the Jews rejected Jesus.

QUESTION: Can someone give us a background as to why Jewish people and Samaritan people did not get along?

 

      

     

  • Samaritans were half-Jewish, half-Gentile people. They were NOT allowed to worship in Jerusalem.
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  • Samaritans and Jews were consistently at odds about religion.
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  • Their temple was on Mount Gerizum, but the Jews rejected it, believing that the only true temple was in Jerusalem.
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  • For this reason they would often not allow Jews to stay in their towns if they were going to Jerusalem for religious festivals.

 

 

John Grew into a Powerful Force for God 

God has promised that he will help the Christian Youth to grow and mature in Christ. Can someone give me a scripture that might pertain to this promise? 

Philippians 1:6 (NIV) He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion.

Psalms 138:8 (NIV) The LORD will fulfill [his purpose] for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever– do not abandon the works of your hands.

1 Thess 5:24 (NIV) The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.

1 Peter 5:10 (NIV) And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

 

More John Trivia

  • John and Peter were the two that were selected to prepare the Last Supper.
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  • John was the one to whom Jesus entrusted His mother Mary, at the cross.
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  • When the first report of the resurrection reached the disciples, John was the first to race to the empty tomb.
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  • John was looked up to as one of the leaders among Jesus’ followers and was arrested after healing in Jesus’ name and preaching boldly before the authorities.
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  • The Gospel According to John plus his three letters (1 John, 2 John, 3 John) and the Revelation make him one of the literary greats of history.

*Note:  Original text taken from “The Dirty Dozen, A character study on the Twelve Disciples.”   InQuest Ministries.  Other comments added by author.

 

 

  

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