Think back through the highlights of your life. What makes these events memorable? Graphic situations? Sights, sounds, and smells? Response to tragedy? Joyful emotions of celebration? Embarrassment? Personal enlightenment? Life-changing experiences as well as natural life passages?
Imagine the impact of what the disciples saw, heard, and felt over the 3-4 years of Jesus’ “public” ministry. Hundreds of miracles – thousands of people stories – heights of exaltation as well as the lows of deep disappointment. Not to mention coming to terms with your once dead Master returning to life after you witnessed His public humiliation and death!
The Gospels were recorded between 60 and 80 AD. John had many years to process what he had seen and heard – day after day – floods of deep, influential memories. In addition, he had the Holy Spirit to retrieve every etched moment, every character, and all the amazing experiences.
From John we gain much insight to what it meant to be a close companion of the Son of God. His experiences invite us to engage this same closeness in our own relationship with our King.