And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen. John 21:25 KJV
Greetings, readers. After many weeks traversing through the book of John: we have reached the end. Oh my soul what a journey it has been diving into this gospel. I hope you have gained some wisdom with me on this journey. There have been many ups and downs to get to this point, but praise God we are here. Come with me now as we join the Disciples in the same way they were brought together in the first place: fishing.
After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself. There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples. Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing. John 21:1-3 KJV
Now doesn’t that sound like a familiar scene. A group of men out to sea fishing and spent the night catching…nothing. Hmm, haven’t we seen this somewhere before? If you said yes: you would be correct! Just as their journey started with Jesus, so does the next chapter in their lives. But simply fishing alone isn’t where our comparison stops.
Jesus calls to them from the shore and asks if they caught anything. They say no and He tells them…to cast their nets on the other side of the boat. After they did, their net was overflowing work fish. It doesn’t take John long to realize it’s Jesus. And when Peter finds out; he jumps out of the boat to meet Him. When they all arrive, He has prepared fish and bread for them.
He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
John 21:17 KJV
As they are eating, Jesus pulls Peter aside to ask him a question. “Peter, do you love me?” Considering he denied Jesus 3 times at the trial; it was fair for Jesus to ask. Then He asks him a 2nd time. And then a third time. It makes you wonder why he asked. Well, how many times was He denied? Like the title says, this is the moment of Peter’s redemption. But the conversation doesn’t end here. Jesus looks to Peter and tells him his fate.
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 spake 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 KJV
I’ll be honest when I say that this particular passage took a lot of research to understand the meaning behind it, but I believe I’ve got an explanation. What Jesus is relating to Peter is that his fate is going to be by crucifixion, as we know from historical tradition. To paraphrase what I believe Jesus is saying is that: ‘You were once able to walk freely and go as you please, but a time will come when you will be bound and go where you would not normally, but you will be glorifying God in your death.”
Here’s where you see the level of devotion. Peter could have told Jesus, no. He could have said he wouldn’t do it. But he didn’t. He looks to John and asks what of his fate? Since John, James, and Peter were part of Jesus exclusive circle; it make sense that he would care what happened. But Jesus simply tells Peter that John’s fate does not affect his future one way or the other.
Poetically speaking, John ends his book by saying that Jesus has done so much more than was recorded. The final verse of the Book of John speaks volumes of the gravity of how much Jesus presence affected the world in just three years. Tons of beside the end of this chapter but the world cannot contain the books that could be written on all the things he has done. And I think that rings true to our own lives as well. We quite volumes of all the things that Jesus was done for us or that he has done for others, but that doesn’t make her own testimonies so much stronger.
We all were one way, but now we walk a different way. We walk in the light for Christ is the way the truth and the life. No man comes to the father except through Him.
This is just 1 book of the Gospels. There are 3 more and I’m curious what lies in these. Obviously, we will come across parallel passages, but we will cross that bridge another time. Thank you for joining me through the Book of John and I hope you will all hang tight as I prepare to make my review on season 2 episode 1 of The Chosen. Needless to say, that took a few twists and turns I was not expecting, but who’s going to write about something you’re going to expect? Take care, God bless, and I’ll write to you all later.