Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.”(This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”
Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who also had leaned back against him during the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!”So the saying spread abroad among the brothers that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?””
(John 21:18–23 ESV)
Life isn’t fair.
If you’re older than a toddler this shouldn’t be a revelation to you.
It did seem to catch Peter by surprise, however.
Sometimes we need to be reminded that “fair” isn’t promised in this life.
What’s promised is a journey, what’s given is a command…”follow me”.
Someone from Campus Life told Peter that God loved him and had a wonderful plan for his life.
Jesus then told Peter the plan in the verses above…capture and crucifixion.
The plan didn’t sound wonderful…or fair.
He looked down the beach and saw John following them…”the disciple Jesus loved”.
(One wonders if John called himself that in front of the other disciples…)
Peter reacted as most of us would, “if things are going to be hard for me, what about him?”
Jesus basically told Pete to mind his own business…and follow Him.
This morning, some of us feel like Peter.
We don’t think this is the wonderful plan we signed up for.
Maybe you planned for rest, but new labors have become your lot.
Maybe you planned on being retired like your friends and all you see is working until you die.
Maybe you planned on a new life when the nest emptied, but the nest is full again.
Maybe you planned on health and health has fled.
Maybe you planned on financial security and there are neither finances or security.
Maybe, you don’t understand why you are carrying burdens others aren’t.
There are no simple answers, no sweet platitudes.
There is only a promise and a command.
Your journey isn’t over.
Follow Him…until it is