Apostle John …
It is often believed by most scholars that John was the youngest of the twelve disciples, and the one often referred to as the one Jesus loved some place John at about 15 years old when Jesus called him. I can personally relate to this, because my personal call to the ministry came at age 13, and like John I have never looked back on that call.
John was going to have an opportunity to see it all the teaching of Jesus both in a small group with the disciples, and the large grow do thousands, kneeling in front of the cross as his savior died, looking at in the empty tomb seeing the angels who proclaimed HE is alive, to watching Jesus ascending into heaven 40 days later, to the founding of the church, and out-pouring of the Holy Spirit.
As I look at this individual story his conviction to stand firm in his belief that his friend Jesus, was truly the Son of the Living God and Savior. He even was faithful in the boiling oil, and exile to a small island with criminals on it.
My question for myself today is … can I, could I, would I be able to stand the test and remain faithful though all this? And my only answer can be like I believe John would be though the faith in God, and his blessing I can.