John Lesson 29 Day 4
9. Our Times Are in His Hand (Heading in AMP)
Jesus’ call on Peter’s life — Follow Me
Jesus said in Peter’s earlier days, he was a self-confident, independent man—a man of action.
He also prophesied about Peter’s future.
- When you grow old—Peter will live to be an old man. “Ancient writers say that Peter was put to death about thirty-four years after this. His precise age at that time is not known.” (Barnes)
- Jesus hinted at the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. We don’t know if Peter knew exactly what Jesus meant, but John did as he wrote his account.
- And then Jesus commanded, “Follow me.” Some scholars say it literally means ‘Keep on following me.’
Ancient writers state that, about thirty-four years after this, Peter was crucified; and that he deemed it so glorious a thing to die for Christ that he begged to be crucified with his head downwards, not considering himself worthy to die in the same posture in which his Lord did. (Clark)
What about John? [what is in his future?] (AMP)
Jesus said, “If I want him to live until I come again, what’s that to you? You—follow me.” (MSG)
That is how the rumor got out among the brothers that this disciple wouldn’t die. But that is not what Jesus said. He simply said, “If I want him to live until I come again, what’s that to you?” (MSG)
10. Jesus has a plan for each of us.
God is in charge, but He also gives us the freedom to choose obedience or disobedience. Thankfully, He is a good Father, a good teacher, and everything else we need.
He is so patient with us.
He began a good work in us, and He is faithful to complete it.
11. Determine to be grateful for who I am and where I am.
Don’t compare me or my circumstances to others. I have no idea what their journey is all about.
Most of us assumed at some point that success as a follower of Christ should look a certain way. When the opportunities don’t come or when others excel and we don’t, it’s easy to wonder. And feel jealous.
Even though I still get frustrated and overwhelmed, deep down, I’m content knowing that I’m where I’m supposed to be right now—doing what God wants me to do.
Both Peter and John had to die to self. I have to do the same thing—daily.
I’m finally beginning to see things from heaven’s perspective, not the world’s.
MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on John Lesson 29 Day 4~ John 21:18-23