Gospel of St John Chapter 21
(We find that Jesus has for the third and last time since his resurrection has an audience with his disciples at the seashore of Tiberias on the beach.
Several significant events were recorded in the Gospel of St John concerning this chapter. Jesus assigns Peter the task of feeding his sheep, males, and females and sheep. Peter is reported to have been a little embarrassed over the repetitive manor of the Lord’s requesting him to perform this task.
Yet, another report is made and it is accentuated by Peter’s perception of his observation concerning another disciple’s presence at the beach party. Peter sort of attempts to put Jesus on the spot when he states to the Lord, what about him?)
St John 21: 18-25
18. Truly, truly, truly I say to you, when you were young, you used to tie up your girdle yourself, and walk wherever you pleased; but when you become old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will tie up for you your girdle, and take you where you do not wish.
19. He said this, to show by what death he would glorify God. An when he had said these things, he said to him. Follow me.
20. Simon Peter turned around and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following him, the one who leaned on the breast of Jesus at the supper, and said, “My Lord, who will betray you?”
(Remember the time frame in which this narrative is occurring!)
21. When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, My Lord, what about him?
22. Jesus said to him, If I wish him to remain until I come, what difference does that make to you? You follow me.
23. This word then went out among the brethren, that that disciple would not die. But that Jesus said was not that he would not die, but, If I wish that he should remain until I come back, what difference does that make to you?
(Eternal life and resurrection are givens, but apparently this disciple did not consciously become aware or awaken to the instruction of Jesus’ request to follow-him, so Jesus, loving this one disciple allowed him to live, and whether or not Jesus wished for his total awakening upon his return, Jesus states to Peter and the others, that that is not for them to decide: “what difference does that make to you.”)
24. This is the disciple who testified concerning all of these things, and who also wrote them; and we know that his testimony is true.
25. There are also a great many other things which Jesus did, which, if they were written, one by one, not even this world, I believe, could contain the books that would be written.