ST. JOHN DAY (DECEMBER 27) (White)
Merciful Father, whose Son is the light of the world: so guide your Church
by the teaching of your apostle and evangelist Saint John, that we may
walk by the light that has come among us, finally know him as the light of
everlasting life; who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One
God, now and for ever. Amen
Old Testament: Ex. 33:12-23 Psalm: 92:1-15
Epistle: I John 1:1-9 Gospel: John 21:19-24 (BCP, CHURCH OF NIGERIA ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
This is known as the feast day of Saint John the Evangelist and Apostle of Christ or John the Divine.
John was regarded as the disciple whom Jesus loved, perhaps that was why his feast day is celebrated two days after the birth of Christ.
One lesson we must learn as a church of this feast day is the passion of St. John about Christ. He was the only disciple who followed Christ till His death, even after the death of Christ, the passion of the gospel took Him far where He was finally imprisoned in the island of Posmos.
From the gospel reading for the day, we can see how Christ called him to follow Him. Without questioning, John followed Jesus Christ and today was a witness of this light which is Christ.
In the Espistle we can see that this scripture which we read today is not just a fairly tail from the moon, rather there were men like St. John who heard and saw that which has been written to us concerning Christ.
Another reason why I think his feast day is celebrated two days after the birth of Christ is that he was the only disciple who through revelation foreknew Christ as the word made flesh. He was the only one that witness the existence of Christ with the Father from the very beginning. (Rev. 5:6). He became the only one who witnessed the reason why Christ was sent into the earth as the light of the world and to die on the cross.
That is why in his epistles he dedicated himself talking about the light which Christ brought to the earth. He through revelation has shown us the things which has happened, the ones that are happening and the ones that are yet to happen.
Friends, Jesus Christ is the light of the world, anyone who follows Him will never walk in darkness. St. John followed Him and escaped martyrdom. He is the way the truth and the life, those who believe in Him though they might die but will live and reign with Him forever.
Finally, St. John the Divine was brave, he stood by Jesus even at the hour of His Death. St. John willingly risked death in his defense of the Christian faith, but did not suffer death, and so was considered a martyr of will. St. Stephen risked and suffered death for his faith, and thus became a martyr of will and deed.