Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
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Jesus’ primary theme and imperative given to his followers is to make disciples of all nations. Jesus says that one way to do this is to teach these new followers to follow after all that he commanded. We’re working our way through all of the commands of Jesus, each one helping us to understand the lifestyle Jesus wants from each of us. Jesus even uses the word that indicates these commands he shares are like a prescription for life.
Jesus shares with Peter how his life is going to change as he ages. Peter is going to grow old, will have to be dressed, and will be led around by others, rather than being able to go and do the things he wants to do. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me!” Then Peter looked up and saw John nearby and became concerned about John’s end of life story. So Peter seeing John said to Jesus, “Lord, and what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me!” (John 21:18-22)
At the beginning of the encounter with Peter, Jesus simply commanded Peter to follow him. Now, after Peter pointed out John, Jesus basically says to Peter: “What’s going to happen to John is none of your business.” Then, Jesus emphatically says to Peter, not just “follow me”, but, “You, on your part, follow me!”
Jesus emphasizes twice what he wants from Peter and from you and me: FOLLOW ME! These are the two words that have become the most powerful words in all of recorded history. There are three words that come up for me.
Transformational: FOLLOW ME and you will be changed from the inside out!
Revolutionary: FOLLOW ME and I will turn the world upside down as I turn you right side up!
Single-minded: FOLLOW ME and everything else will be taken care of. This is truly Jesus plus nothing!
Don’t get caught up in anyone else’s walk with Jesus. Pay special attention to your relationship with Jesus. Nothing else nor no one else is your business, until you are focused on your business with your best friend, Jesus.