John makes it clear over and over again that this book was written so that people would believe that Jesus was God and ultimately follow him (John 20:31).
In John 20 Jesus’ resurrection from the dead takes place and he appears to his followers, revealing that he was who he said he was.
The trajectory of the disciples’ lives was changed forever. Since Jesus was who he said he was, they would now spend their lives spreading the gospel and building the church.
However, the Bible doesn’t fail to show us that they still fell back into their old perspectives at times.
I’m grateful I’m not the only one who fails to remember what I know to be true.
Jesus had just restored his relationship with Peter (remember, Peter denied him three times in chapter 18). Then, within a matter of minutes, Peter begins to compare his fate to that of John’s.
Peter: Hey Jesus, what’s going to happen to this guy (referring to John)?
Jesus: What’s it to you, Peter? You follow me!
You follow me.
This is Jesus’ final statement in the book of John.
We’ve seen who he is and what he has done throughout this book and now there is a choice to make.
We can reject him as the crowd did.
We can live in doubt of him as Thomas did.
We can get caught up in what will happen to us as Peter did.
Or we can follow him, wherever he leads and whatever it costs. He proved his love for us through his death and resurrection. Now we can trust him with our lives.
I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly (John 10:10b)