Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 25, 2019

“If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?” – “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.” – “My grace is sufficient for you”

Today’s devotion comes from John 21:18-25.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+21&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to gird yourself and walk wherever you wished;  but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will gird you, and bring you where you do not wish to go.”  Now this He said, signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God.  And when He had spoken this, He *said to him, “Follow Me!”

Peter, turning around, *saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them;  the one who also had leaned back on His bosom at the supper and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?”  So Peter seeing him *said to Jesus, “Lord, and what about this man?”  Jesus *said to him, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?  You follow Me!”  Therefore this saying went out among the brethren that that disciple would not die;  yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but only, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?”  John 21:18-23.

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We tend to get jealous of parts of other people’s lives.

We covet Bob’s athleticism, Mary’s wealth, Sue’s good looks, John’s job, etc.

We suffer and serve in a certain area and grumble that another person does not seem to have any problems in that area.

In today’s Scripture, Peter felt that it was unfair that Jesus signified what kind of death he (Peter) would experience while Jesus said nothing about John, thus Peter thought Jesus implied John would not suffer such death.

But, Jesus only said:  “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?  You follow Me!”

In other words, Jesus was telling Peter then and us today:  “Don’t grumble about what suffering and service God has given to you.  Don’t be jealous of others.  Trust God!  Follow Me!”

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.”  Matthew 16:24.

Cross signifies the suffering and service God has given to us to endure.  We are called to accept it, not grumble nor rebel nor bristle against it.  We are called to not get jealous of others.  We are called to trust Jesus and follow Jesus.  Thereby, with such proper attitude and actions, we “take up our cross and follow Jesus”.

And, there is hope!

Whatever cross that we are called to bear, Jesus gives us grace to bear it.  

“And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”  Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.  Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake;  for when I am weak, then I am strong.”  2 Corinthians 12:9-10.


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