In Acts 8 we see John the apostle for the last time. Certainly, he was around for a long time after this. He will write his gospel, three letters, and the book of Revelation, but he is not mentioned again in the book of Acts.
So, it’s interesting that the last time we see him is in Samaria; the place where he and James earned their nick name, ‘The Sons of Thunder’. They wanted Jesus to call down fire from heaven and burn up an entire city.
So, what was it like for him to walk into this city and look into the eyes of men and women he tried to get Jesus to burn up and now see them as brothers and sisters in Christ. I’m sure he clearly understood why Jesus didn’t answer his earlier request.
In our life, there will be requests we make of God that He will not grant. And in time we will understand why.