John 21:20–25 (ESV)
Jesus and the Beloved Apostle
20 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?” 21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus,
“Lord, what about this man?” 22 Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!” 23 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?”
24 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.
25 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.
Happy 4th of July! Today’s reading is the closing of John. This will wrap up John and we will begin another book of the Bible tomorrow.
I find the closing very different, yet personal. The disciple whom Jesus loved is John. The word for love in Greek is agape, which is a Godly love... a love that wants what’s best for that person according to God’s will. Sometimes
people try to read too much into this statement. Peter sees John and asks Jesus “What about this man?” Jesus responds “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!” What a
shocker of a closing and yet... how personal. If I were to paraphrase what Jesus just said, it would read something like “don’t worry about what will happen to him... you follow me!” This is a serious, but humble question that
we all need to take heed. The Lutheran Study Bible states: “In the closing exchange between Jesus and Peter, Jus kindly reminds this beloved apostle that God is in control of matters related to his future. All Christians must humbly recognize that
God has not chosen to reveal certain things to us. But the Scriptures do reveal what is necessary for us to know: Jesus and the salvation He brings.” What a personal closing.
I pray: O Lord,
Help me to love all people with an agape love, and to share the Gospel with them. Help me to not dwell on things that are out of my control and to trust that you are in control. Help me to live and walk by that trust. Forgive
me of my sins and to cling to your saving grace. Amen.