Lord’s response to Peter concerning John and John’s final word on Christ
to all revealing both the infinite and the sufficient aspects of the
ministry of Christ and that He remains in absolute control of all.
AIM: That we
might ever be in awe of Him and all He has done and submit to Him in His
mercy and grace.
INTR: While we
shift the focus to John as we come to this passage, the vehicle is still
Peter and what we learn of John was given first to Peter.
would continue to be a central figure as we follow him in the book of
Acts and in his epistles and so much is directed toward him in
2. John’s mission and his life remain not so much a
mystery but as subject to the will of God with no reason to give an
account to any.
3. What we would not do here is characterize a breach
in the friendship of two who had shared so much in their experience with
THESIS: It is a glorious
and wonderful truth that the Lord exercises absolute control over the
lives of His people in the same manner He indicated with John. It is to
us to marvel, as did John, in the fact that the Lord loves us.
A further word to Peter (vv. 20-22)
1. When Jesus said to Peter
“follow me” it seems He meant to walk with Him a ways from the others.
(We can only speculate the reasoning beyond what transpired).
seems that John was unwilling at this point to be separated from the
Lord and thus followed.
1) There is no indication that he intended to
pry into a private conversation with Peter.
2) As has already been
indicated, these men were close friends and would remain so.
have indicated that Peter may have been smarting from the rebuke and was
reacting in jealousy toward John.
1) Peter had just learned that he
was going to die for Christ in his old age
2) The words here are a
little simpler than what we have and are essentially, “Lord, and this
3) It well may be that it was a matter of concern with Peter.
4) In any event it occasioned a final lesson for Peter this day.
The Lord understood that it was a question as to the demise of John else
He would not have made the reference to the possibility that John might
live until the Lord’s return.
1) Peter was to understand that He had
an individual relationship with both John and Peter.
2) The lives of
both were to be tapestries of individual design and purpose and each
would be in the way of singular devotion to the Him.
personal testimony from John (vv. 20, 23-24)
1. John understood the
meaning of the Lord’s words and the importance of “If I will…”
go back at this point to John’s identification of himself.
disciple whom Jesus loved – John does not name himself otherwise
We do well to note that we in fact we deserve nothing and have claim
only to a fallen nature as our inheritance and thus are nothing if we
are not “one who Jesus loved!”
3) He refers to the display of
affection noted and was asked by Peter to inquire of Him concerning the
3. It is here (v. 24) that he does claim authorship of not
only this event but of the epistle:
1) It was in a way designed to
give credibility to His witnesses that John and the other writers had
been brought to experience these things as well as report them.
See: Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were
eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; Luke 1:2
3) And: For we have
not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the
power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his
majesty. 2 Peter 1:16
4) The force of “we know” drove them to preach
with power and determination.
III. A marvelous “Amen.”
had been an eyewitness to many of the miraculous works of Christ and
indicates that most of them had not been recorded.
2. He further
implies that these works have far reaching implications and effects and
that recording them all is not humanly possible.
1) We note the
preponderance of books that have been and continue to be written.
Perhaps more importantly is the fact that we are such a record: Ye are
our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: Forasmuch
as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by
us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in
tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. 2 Corinthians 3:2-3.
3) Each new conversion is a work of Christ and is an extension of what
John said here!