A Change of Heart and Mind
Whatever happened to the “Son of Thunder”?
The disciple John had been favored to share private moments with Jesus. As part of an inner circle of three, he saw Jesus transfigured, watched him bring Jairus’s daughter back to life and waited for him in the Garden of Gethsemane.
After Jesus was arrested, John witnessed the sequence of his trials. He was the only disciple mentioned as being near the cross at Jesus’ death and one of the very first to learn of Christ’s resurrection. Somehow, this process changed John.
From Thunder to Love
John bore an amusing nickname, “son of thunder” (see
Somewhere in his life, the thunderclouds broke apart. Eventually he got a new nickname: “the apostle of love.” John’s books—this Gospel and the letters John wrote later—are marked by a recurring emphasis on love.
Naturally, John’s spiritual pilgrimage influenced his written record of Jesus’ life. His changed personality may provide a clue to his unique style of telling Jesus’ story through a handful of poignant episodes. Perhaps these few scenes are the memories of Jesus that finally convinced John himself that Jesus was, indeed, the Son of God.
Getting to know Jesus changes a person. How have you been changed?
This devotion is from the NIV Student Bible by Zondervan. Used with permission.