Jesus once invited a group of His disciples to a meal, and before eating He washed their feet. When their reactions to this were hurtful, Jesus explained that this act of humility and service was an example of His example to them.
This example illustrates Jesus’ view of Himself and how He wanted His disciples to consider themselves. It’s a straightforward illustration that drives home Jesus’ main point: Humbly serving others is the most important thing in life.
Early Life and Education
John was born in Jerusalem to Zacharias and Elizabeth (Zachariah, who died in 1330, and his wife Elizabeth). John was baptized at a young age and received an intense religious education.
He spent most of his life at Mar Saba, where he wrote several works on theology. One of these, Pege gnoseos, became a foundational text in Greek Orthodox theology.
John 1315 was little-known outside his family circle during his lifetime, yet he is remembered by Christian churches as one of Christ’s Forerunners. His icon can be found on iconostasi in Eastern Catholic and Orthodox worship services, while art history records include works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian and Guido Reni among many others.
Achievements and Honors
John II (1319-1364) was the king of France during a time of social and economic upheaval. His ill-judged attachment to favorites created an atmosphere of rivalry and resentment amongst the aristocracy, while his employment of men in high public office who used their power for private gain contributed significantly to the financial collapse that culminated in 1350.
John II also spearheaded the establishment of a standing army, legalized extraordinary taxation, and supported the arts. Despite his numerous personal setbacks, however, John II proved to be an incredibly creative and politically powerful monarch.
John of Damascus (also known as Johannes Damascene; 675-749, near Jerusalem) was an Eastern monk and theological doctor whose treatises on veneration of sacred images put him at the forefront of the 8th-century Iconoclastic Controversy. Through his integration of Christian philosophy and doctrine, John served as an influential link between Greek and medieval Latin culture.
He wrote several literary works, such as an anthology of moral exhortations, the Sacred Parallels and Pege gnoseos (“The Source of Knowledge”) – a comprehensive synthesis of Christian philosophy and doctrine which had an immense impact on medieval Latin thought. It is widely considered the primary textbook for Greek Orthodox theology today.
After his death, John the Baptist’s head was discovered and buried at Enon/Salim by his followers, who then reburial it at Emesa (modern Homs in Syria). This event is celebrated within Orthodoxy as both the First and Second Finding of St.John the Baptist.
John has a net worth of $3 Million as of 2023-02-15, consisting of shares in Duke Energy Corp (DUK) and Ryder System. Additionally, he serves as President & CEO for Entergy Corp and owns both his home in Virginia as well as a car. Interestingly, John’s stock holdings have fluctuated over time – on 7 May 2021 for $665,631 dollars, John exercised 11,435 units of Ryder System stock. Besides his financial assets, John enjoys many public speaking opportunities across churches, universities and other events around the world; with a bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University.