Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?” – John 21:22-23 ESV
We need to quit comparing ourselves to others and LIVE OUR LIVES, like they matter to God! Jesus was reconciling Peter and in the process shared how he would die; 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.” (v 18-19)
Leader, this confusion about the WORD OF GOD sounds similar to the Garden of Eden and the original confusion, which led to man’s ORIGINAL SIN- NOT knowing the WILL, WAY and WORDS of our LORD, JESUS! The Message paraphrase Genesis3:1-5; The serpent was clever, more clever than any wild animal God had made. He spoke to the Woman: “Do I understand that God told you not to eat from any tree in the garden?” The Woman said to the serpent, “Not at all. We can eat from the trees in the garden. It’s only about the tree in the middle of the garden that God said, ‘Don’t eat from it; don’t even touch it or you’ll die.’” The serpent told the Woman, “You won’t die. God knows that the moment you eat from that tree, you’ll see what’s really going on. You’ll be just like God, knowing everything, ranging all the way from good to evil.”
Conduit, our PURPOSE is to KNOW GOD and to MAKE HIM KNOWN- His Glory! In John 14:9 Jesus tells us; Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? Jesus is the WORD OF GOD! John tells us in his epistle; In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. If you want to know what GOD wills and desires, then you must KNOW HIS WORD! To know JESUS is to know GOD and HIS WORD. We must KNOW HIS WORD- for it will REMIND us WHO WE ARE and WHAT TO DO!