| The Memories
Only John Tells
Through John we know the stories of the wedding at Cana in Galilee, the Samaritan woman who met Jesus at the well, the cure of the man born blind, the raising of Lazarus from the dead, and other incidents not mentioned in the synoptic Gospels. He remembered too so many of the words and teachings of Jesus that were spoken in the synagogues and in the Temple area at Jerusalem. And he could recall the growing conflict that arose between Jesus and many of the Jewish leaders.
When Jesus went up to Jerusalem with his disciples to celebrate Passover for the last time, it was John and Peter who made arrangements for the room where they were to eat their sacred supper. The memories of that night and the days that followed became fixed in the disciple's mind.
Before supper, Jesus took off his outer garment and kneeling before his twelve disciples, washed their feet. "Love one another as I have loved you," he told them. right: Jesus washing disciples' feet, as depicted in a window at the Chartres Cathedral
John was at Jesus' side in the supper room when he announced sadly to them: "One of you is about to betray me." Leaning over to Jesus, the disciple asked him who it was. When Judas was pointed out, John watched the traitor leave and go out into the night.
He could not forget what Jesus said and did that night.
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