"...what is that to thee?"
Written by Jay Yeager
Friday, 18 October 2013 18:52

“…what is that to thee?”

(John 21:22)

 John chapter twenty-one has much to consider, even beyond the third appearance of Jesus to his disciples (John 21:14). The first appearance without Thomas (John 20:15-23), the second eight days later with Thomas present (John 20:26-29), the third appearance recorded here, to the seven disciples at the sea of Tiberias (John 21:1-2).

     Now, all Bible students know that Peter denied Jesus three times (Luke 22:54-67). In John 21:15-17 Jesus provides the opportunity for Peter to confess his love three times, and Peter does. Following that confession Jesus must have shocked Peter by foretelling the manner of his death.

“Verily, verily, I say unto thee, when thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. This speak he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.” (John 21:18-19).

      If history is accurate, Peter would have been crucified upside down. Years later Peter would speak briefly of his death, and the words spoken by Jesus. “Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as the Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me” (II Peter 1:14).

      Well, after hearing the words of Jesus concerning his death, Peter looks at John and asks Jesus, “…what shall this man do?” (John 21:21). The answer Jesus gives Peter is both frank and thoughtful. “…what is that to thee?” In short, do not worry about what others may or may not do. Beloved, the path of faithful service is an individual journey.

      No matter what the end may be, you serve until your time on earth is finished. Revelation 2:10 means exactly what it says “…be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” Don’t concern yourself with what others may be doing, or the trials they may face. Here is the message and the heart of John chapter twenty-one “FOLLOW ME”.

     Are you following Jesus? If you are not a Christian tonight there are things you must do to become a child of God:

  1. You must hear the word of God (Romans 10:17).
  2. You must believe the gospel of Jesus Christ (Mark 16:15-16).
  3. You must repent of your past sins (Acts 17:30).
  4. You must confess Christ before men (Romans 10:10).
  5. You must be baptized for the remission of your sins (Acts 2:38).
  6. Remain faithful unto death (Revelation 2:10).

 Will you follow Jesus?