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Follow Me. Peter's concern was about his fellow disciple, John, but Jesus reminded Peter that our chief concern should be in our own relationship with our Lord, rather than others.


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20. Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?

21. Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?

22. Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.

23. Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?

24. This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.

25. And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

John 21:20-25, KJV



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John 21:21-22 speaks volumes. Peter asked Jesus a question about John. How did Christ answer his question?


21. Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?
22. Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.


In essence, He said, "What does it matter to you? You need to be more concerned about following me."


Think about that for a minute. What is generally our first concern when we are among our friends? Our first concern is generally about others. That sounds good, does it not? But, what if that "concern" takes the form of criticism and gossip? That is a very natural tendency, is it not?


When it comes to our service for the Lord, the person we need to think about first is ourselves! What is our relationship to Christ? How are we actively following Him in the every day things of life? The real evidence of following Christ is shown in the daily humdrum of life. It is there that we are the most effective in our witness for Christ. Often the only Bible people see is whatever they see in our daily living. Do they see Christ in us?


I think that is the message that Christ was giving to Peter. He was saying, "No matter what does or does not happen to John, you need to be more concerned about following me." It is a sobering challenge. Let us, like Peter, heed our dear Lord's words: follow me!


As we come to the end of the book of John, I love to read verse 25. There is so much about Christ that we do not know because there could not be enough books in all of the world to contain the information of the deeds He did while on this earth.


Now, that gives us something wonderful to look forward to; in heaven we will have time to hear the entire story. As a matter of fact; time will no longer exist as we know it today. What a glorious thought.



This concludes our Bible studies from the Gospel of John. Thank you for walking through this glorious book with me. May your life be abundantly blessed as you walk through this life with the Lord Jesus Christ, remember that our God is the same yesterday, today, and forever!

God Bless You,

Linda



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