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Devotional - week of May 30, 2004


“WHAT IS THAT TO YOU … ?”

“… what is that to you? You follow me.”  John 21:22

Jesus’ command to Peter, which we read in this verse, took place at the Sea of Galilee—following Jesus’ resurrection. 

This is part of the famous discussion when Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Him. Jesus continued that part of the conversation with the prediction that Peter would die on a cross. He then said to Peter, “Follow me.”

Jesus and Peter must have been walking alone with John following them. Peter turned and saw John and said, “What will this man do?” Jesus responded with, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow me.”

Jesus’ second command to follow him indicates Peter’s hesitation to follow Jesus to a cross. And who would blame Peter for his hesitancy?

Some who have been exposed to the message of their union with Christ in crucifixion, burial, and resurrection have had experiences similar to Peter’s. They hesitate to enter into that life.

Some hesitate because they know very few believers who have entered into the life of union with Christ. It is not a popular message. It is not a popular life.

Even though embracing the message of living out our union with Christ unquestionably puts us in the minority among believers, Jesus would say to all those who have been confronted with the message of grace:

“What is that to you? Follow me”

If you are in that mode of hesitation, those who have taken the route of crucifixion, burial, and resurrection with Christ would say, “The victories and blessings are countless. We encourage you to take that step of faith with us.”