John wasn’t always known as “the disciple Jesus loved,” Jesus called him and his brother the “Son of Thunder” (Mark 3:17), likely because of their fiery tempers. Fits of temper occasionally landed John in trouble, such as the time he wanted to call down a fiery judgment from heaven on a Samaritan village that refused to welcome Jesus (Luke 9:51-56).
KJV translation of a Greek term for a belt, girdle, or waistband (Matt 10:9; Mark 6:8). Travelers could tuck the loose ends of their garments into such a belt to allow freer movement. The folds of such waistbands were frequently used for storing money. Jesus encouraged His disciples to trust God and depend on the generosity of others as they shared the gospel.
ALPHA AND OMEGA – The first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. This title is given to God the Father and God the Son (Rev 1:8; 21:6). The risen Christ says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last” (Rev 22:13). By calling Jesus