Monday Morning Coffee Break – Life With Jesus
This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.” Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?” Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.” Then this saying went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?” (John 21:19-23)
None Of Your Business
The disciples had a lot of growing to do. Jesus had shocked them by his sudden death. He stunned them even more when He appeared to them as the resurrected Christ three days later. Now at His third appearance to them He spoke with Peter about how he would die. The Lord exhorted Simon to have faith to follow Him knowing the challenges that lay ahead for all the apostles. Taking advantage of the discussion Peter enquires of the Lord what will happen to John. In a striking soft rebuke Jesus dismisses Peter’s question as trivial telling him it should be of no concern to him. John ends the story there.
Peter is always the one asking either the right question or the wrong question. This was the wrong question. Being told of his manner of death he decided to find out about the other inner circle member’s fate. Not so Peter. If Jesus wanted John to be alive until He returns that is the Lord’s business not yours Peter. It was within the power of the Lord to make that happen but it really was nothing Peter needed to be concerned about. Case closed.
Reading the Bible raises many questions there are no answers for; at least for man. The Bible was written to give man the message of salvation and nothing more. It is not a book to answer all the science, history, mathematical and biological questions man has an inquiry about. Where did God come from? Where did Satan come from? Why this and why that? Peter wanted to know what was going to happen to John and Jesus frankly told him it was none of his business. And Peter left it at that.
When you study the Bible look for the message contained within its pages and you will be filled with the wisdom of the ages. Everything we need to know is there. All of the love of God is revealed on every page. Every page is important in the plan of God. Nothing is wasted in the telling of the story. And when we read the Bible we must take the whole message because that does concern us. Genesis starts where we all began and the Revelation ends where we all need to be. Everything contained between those great bookends is the mind of God revealed to man. If you cannot find an answer for a question you may have then it is not pertinent to salvation. Jesus would remind us if God wanted to reveal that He would. Thank you God for such a marvelous book.
I am certain that the Bible is the Word of God. Either it is or it isn’t, and either all of it is the Word of God or we never can be sure of any of it. It is either absolute or obsolete. If we have to start changing this verse, toning down that, apologizing for this and making allowances for that, we might as well give up, so we must take it as it is or leave it alone. (Vance Havner 1901-1986)