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john the apostle, his life and ministry:

We always "learn" through the experiences of life. Everyone does. And John was certainly no exception to this fact. Let me show you an example of what I mean.

"And Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat. And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare? And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in. And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready. And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover." Luke 22:8-13

Watch this carefully!

Jesus KNEW a man would be available exactly when John and Peter arrived in Town, in Jerusalem. And that the man would be carrying a container of water! That's was women's work back in those days! A man very seldom did such!

And Jesus KNEW this man was on his way to a "house." And that the owner of the house would be sympathetic to Jesus and His Cause. And that the home had an upper room, a guest chamber! And that it was large enough for a sizeable group of men to have a meal! And Jesus was also aware that the goodman would say "yes" to all these requests!

Jesus' AWARENESS here impressed John! You can verify this fact by John's later written material! He's always noticing the things Jesus knew!

In his Gospel he has the Samaritan woman say, "Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?" John 4:29, "all things!"

And Jesus, in John, even knows what men are thinking! "But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man." John 2:24-25

And in First John, one of our disciple's little epistles, he writes of the Lord: "God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things." First John 3:20

Now back to our Text.

Where even later the same day when John and Peter followed Jesus' instructions and "made ready" the Passover ... Jesus already KNEW who was going to "betray" Him, Judas Iscariot.

Wow!

Readers, realizing that Jesus knows everything will aid your growth in the Lord, exponentially!

Blessed is the day when a believer realizes the truth of Psalm 44:21. "Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart."

Oh, the peace Psalm 139:1-3 gives. "O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways."

And this one, too. A fact of which John is now sure! "There is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets." Daniel 2:28, because He knows everything!

But even more so. "Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." Amos 3:7, and John is a "servant!" Really a "prophet" too!

All that development ... starting with seemingly mundane events like that man with the water vase on his head!

And starting with a young disciple (John) who now KNOWS his Saviour is omniscient, all cognizant!

And then, suddenly, we have ...

The Book of Revelation!

Written by whom?

John, our little John!

Twenty-two chapters, four hundred and four verses, each proving that God KNOWS everything! Even to the end of the age ... and what follows as well!

John, having grown in his assurance of Jesus' Veracity, of Jesus' Wisdom, of Jesus' unlimited Knowledge ... now is trusted to "unveil" God's once "secret" schema for all eternity!

"The Revelation (in Greek, unveiling) of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to shew (in Greek, put on public display) unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass. And He sent and signified (in Greek, to give a hint, to point) it by His angel unto His servant John." Revelation 1:1

Something BIG (the last Book of the Bible) having grown out of something little ... a man carrying a waterpot!

That's maturity!

                 --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

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