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Various traditions suggest that all but one of the thirteen principal witnesses for Jesus were eventually executed for serving Jesus, by taking the good news about him to the ends of the earth, as he had commanded them.
Their obedience to this command is indicated by the supposed places of their physical deaths:
- Israel ( where James died)
- Italy (where Peter & Paul died)
- Turkey (where Philip died)
- Greece (where Andrew died)
- Armenia (where Bartholomew, or Nathanael, died)
- Ethiopia (where Matthew died)
- India (where Thomas died)
- Egypt (where James, son of Alphaeus, died)
- Iran (where Thaddaeus, or Lebbaeus or Judas, and Simon the Patriot died)
- Georgia (where Matthias died)
Only John is believed to have died from natural causes, in Greece. During the last 10 years of his very long life, perhaps 60 or 70 years after Jesus had returned to heaven, John wrote his personal account of the life & ministry of Jesus, three letters to Christian friends, and the visionary revelation of the end of the world which he received from Jesus.
John’s testimony of the good news of Jesus (360) is quite different from the other three gospel testimonies.
- John’s gospel has a deeply spiritual tone, expressly aimed at inspiring faith in the divine power of Jesus.
- John places more emphasis on the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers.
- And he places more emphasis on the idea that we are called to show our love for God by loving each other.
LORD, please help us to love You by loving the people You send our way.
(360) John’s testimony about Jesus is incorporated in previous posts on this site.