Conclusion of John
Pastor David Anderson
Conclusion of John
Summary of John
Every single person is fighting battles, battles that we do not even have a clue about. Their lives look so much better than ours because we don’t know about their struggles and pain. In John 21 we learn something about our calling through Peter’s calling. Our calling is to follow Jesus wherever He leads us, not where He leads the person next to us. What God does with you, he doesn’t necessarily do with others.
I’m so thankful that we have a Savior who raises His hand and says – I will go where your pain and sin is. I volunteer to walk with you and heal you in all that “stuff” that is under lock and key. Not only that, but once you are restored, I want to give you new assignments. In fact, your best assignments are yet to come.
Most of Jesus’ disciples were rugged and worn fisherman by the Sea of Galilee. It’s no surprise that Peter leads six other disciples (Thomas, Nathanael, James, John and two others) back to the Sea of Galilee to fish (21:1-3). It’s here where the Apostle John records once again the great contrast between our own self-effort and the power and provision of our resurrected Savior.
There is testimony.
There is evidence.
There are signs and miracles that make Jesus’ claims irrefutable.
The resurrected Jesus doesn’t leave us in our tears and despair. Jesus has made a way back from this ultimate far off country. He has made a way out of that pit of despair and loneliness, a way back to the Father’s house.
The apostle John says that the bodily resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth is something that should matter to you. John’s testimony flies full force with great love and compassion into all the disappointing hopes of your life. There are disappointing hopes, but the hope of the resurrection is a hope that will not disappoint.
The young Apostle John at the foot of the cross must have asked himself many times why he was there and why he had to endure the horror of his Rabbi on the cross. Why couldn’t he have stayed in hiding like the others?
Every great love story has an “exchange” in it. It may involve some specific sacrifice or it might involve the main character dramatically and lovingly sacrificing himself or herself for the sake of another. This story is repeated over and over throughout cinema and literature. An exchange occurs when we love.