Jesus Is The Miracle Worker

Posted in John, John 21

John 21:20-25

Jesus Is The Miracle Worker

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

John 21:20-21 (Holman) So Peter turned around and saw the disciple Jesus loved following them. That disciple was the one who leaned back against Jesus at the supper and asked, “Lord, who is the one that’s going to betray you?” When Peter saw him he said to Jesus, “Lord – what about him?”

Jesus told Peter, “Follow Me”, but the Apostle reverted to his error of taking his eyes off Jesus. He turned and saw our author, John the beloved, who had rested his head in the bosom of the One who came from the bosom of the Father (1:18).

One thing that makes it hard for us to follow Jesus is our desire to snoop into other people’s lives. Peter had received harsh news (21:18-19); he will suffer and die for Jesus. Peter wondered, “Will I suffer alone, or will others share my fate?”

The Apostle was slipping back into the bad habit of wanting to manage other people’s lives. Peter had been restored, but never did reach perfection. None do.

John 21:22 “If I want him to remain until I come,” Jesus answered, “what is that to you? As for you, follow Me.”

Jesus reproved Peter. The Master was not interested in satisfying Peter’s curiosity. What happened to another was not Simon’s business. Impulsive Peter had to learn some things were outside his authority. Jesus rules in human

Jesus is the Restorer

Posted in John, John 15

John 21:15

Jesus is the Restorer

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

If Peter’s sin of denial had not been dealt with publicly, it might have been deemed trivial by others and him. Peter, acknowledged leader of the Apostles, had acted as a coward and traitor. The disciples knew it. His sincerity was under suspicion. Restoring Peter’s honor required drastic action, special public treatment.

This must have been extremely trying for Peter. He had no way to escape the Lord’s probing questions. Peter had three times openly said, “I do not know Jesus!” Now he would be asked three times to say openly, “Jesus, I love you.”

John 21:15a (Holman) When they had eaten breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, . . .”

Jesus called the Apostle by his former, pre-commissioning name (John 1:42). Simon had not yet proven himself worthy of the name Peter, which meant rock. His life thus far had been quite a bit less than firm and dependable.

A name can be used very effectively. When I was a child, I knew all was well if my parents called me John. When they said, “John Edward,” I knew they were displeased. If they said, “John Edward Marshall!” I knew I was in serious trouble. The Apostle eventually became Peter, but for now Simon had to do.

John 21:15b “. . . Do you love Me more than these?”

Simon could have been asked. “Why did yo