I’m finishing up a summer series on the Epistles of John. I have to say, I’ve learned more than anyone in our church for sure. Yes, I have read the little books of John many times, but until I slowed down, took a look at each of the primary players, I never realized how much this old man, this faithful, beloved disciple, had to endure. Decades of Roman abuse, destruction of the temple as Jesus prophesied, severe persecution to the point of using Christians on sticks as torches to light an emperor’s garden, the list goes on and on. In the midst of all of that, the elder, a true elder in experience and age, had to contend with cults in his churches, church splits, and challenges to his authority…and we pastors think we have a lot to deal with. It’s as someone famous once said, “God, if this is how you treat your friends…”
So, let’s go to John and see what he can tell us about persevering, about staying the course, finishing well, when nothing seems to be going well. Please feel free to respond, debate, contribute, etc.