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