When Peter saw [John], he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!” So the saying spread abroad among the brothers that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?” John 21:21-23
A false rumor spread among the followers of Jesus that Jesus’ disciple John would never die.
According to tradition, enemies tried to kill John on more than one occasion, but he survived by the grace of God. The Roman Emperor Domitian then sent him to Patmos, an island where Roman leaders sent people who had beliefs that didn’t agree with the main Roman religion.
After Domitian died, John returned to Ephesus, where he lived until his death two years later. John did die more peacefully than Jesus’ other disciples. But he didn’t live a peaceful life. His life was a “living sacrifice.”
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God….Romans 12:1
Why are Christians a living sacrifice?
Christians give their lives completely to God because He saved us from sin and death. (See John 3:16.)
How can we be a living sacrifice?
We are living sacrifices when we follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
How do we follow in the footsteps of Jesus?
We follow in the footsteps of Jesus when we obey His teachings and seek to be like Him.
Parents and Teachers
The Witnesses Trilogy includes three animated, feature-length films that cover the time from the birth of Jesus through the birth of the early church, told from the viewpoint of John. Following in Christ’s footsteps, early Christians spread God’s message to the ends of the earth while facing pressures and persecution from every side.
Learn more here.
Find a Following His Footsteps craft here.