Archive for August 27th, 2018

John 21:18-25

In John 21:18-25 Jesus gives Peter the promise that he’ll stand in his faith til the end. “Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” Jesus promises Peter that his life will end in utter faithfulness, that in the end Peter will make a faithful stand for Jesus and be crucified.  He may have denied Jesus three times before this, but now Jesus makes it clear that he will stand in his faith to his own death on a cross. If Peter’s principle of life once was a self-reliance, from now on his principle of life will be the cross.

History shows that Peter was also crucified, but he demanded it not be the same way as Jesus so they crucified him upside down.  Peter was faithful to the very end. “This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God. And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”  Jesus wants Peter to know that he hasn’t disqualified himself, but is a beloved disciple.  But Peter was focused on the wrong thing.  He was worried about John. “Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who also had leaned back against him during the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?”

Jesus gets after Peter for his worry about John. Jesus’ words apply to us. Instead of worrying about what He will do or is doing with other believers, our focus should be on His command to follow him.  That’s the focus. “Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!” We can’t get caught up in comparing ourselves to anyone else.  What Jesus cares about is what we do with what we know we need to do to be a Christ Follower.  “So the saying spread abroad among the brothers that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?” We need to focus on how we follow Jesus, not worry about comparing ourselves with others.

John finishes his book making a couple key observations.  First, this book is a testimony of accuracy around the life of Jesus.  It is truth! “This is the disciple who is bearing witness about these things, and who has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true.” John was there and experienced it first hand.  But he also is honest and tells us there was much more that he didn’t capture.  “Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” God’s works have no end, and the events are to continue as we obey Jesus’ command to follow Me. And so the journey continues…….

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