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John 21:22 “…What is that to you? You must follow Me.”

For Simon Peter, he had come full circle from that first encounter with Jesus on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.  He and his brother, Andrew,  were fishing when this stranger approached them and declared, “Come, follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19)  Now three years later, following Jesus’ death and resurrection and  Peter’s denial of Him…Peter has been restored and re-commissioned.  “Follow Me,”  is fellowship of faith and life with our Savior…it’s both inner fellowship of trust and confidence, and outer fellowship of becoming more like Him daily.  “Follow Me,” ultimately  means counting the cost and determining it’s all worth it.

John 20: 27 ” Then He said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; see My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Stop doubting and believe.’ “

To me, doubt is the most debilitating and controlling weapon Satan uses against us.  We can be the  strongest of  Christians with absolute trust and confidence in our Savior…but when the tiniest bit of doubt  creeps into our minds,  suddenly we’re filled with questioning, uncertainty, and apprehension.  And a lot of these times it’s not that we’re doubting God …we’re doubting what God can to do through us.  Self-doubt will stop God’s plans and purposes for our life…self-doubt is like telling the Lord, “You don’t know what you’re doing, I know better.”  As Jesus told Thomas, “Stop doubting and believe.”

Mark 13:13 ” All men will hate you because of Me, but he who stands firm to the end will be save.”

What a wonderful promise is within this verse.  For there’s assurance and hope that as we persevere with faith…as we stand firm to the end, we will be saved.  But the world doesn’t understand this faith and trust Christians have in Jesus.  For it says in John 15:21, “They will treat you this way because of My name, for they don’t know the One who sent Me.”  For Believers though, knowing the Lord, is loving Him…loving Him, is putting our trust in Him…for we know trusting Him to the end will never disappoint.

John 17: 25-26 ” Righteous Father, though the world does not know You, I know You, and they know that You have sent Me. I have made You known to them, and will continue to make You known in order that the love You have for Me may be in them and that I Myself may be in them. “

God so loved the world that He gave us His Son, Jesus Christ.  This overwhelming love was evidenced by Him sending Jesus to die for our sinful world…placing such unwarranted value on us, though we certainly didn’t deserve it.  What we deserved was God’s wrath and judgment…but what we received was the sacrificial lamb of Jesus… Who died in our place.

Matthew 16:25 ” For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will find it.”

It tells us in John 12:25 that, “The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”   Everyday is a struggle, where our affections are pulled one way or the other.  The glitter and lure of the world is great, with its promises of immediate gratification and unending ecstasy.  But the cold hard truth is that our excessive fondness for things of the world will only  lead us down a path to self-destruction and death.  For the world tells us to live today to the fullest… to eat, drink, and be merry, with no regard for tomorrow.   But the Lord tells us that there is life beyond the grave, and that the world is blinding us from this truth.   If  I want to save my life, I must lose it in the person of Jesus Christ…I must turn my focus and  affections from the temporal to the eternal…from the fleeting to the everlasting.

John 20: 22 ” And with that He breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’ “

We find the disciples hunkered down, doors locked, fearing what might happen to them…when suddenly Jesus shows up!  And during this short interaction these frightened men went from  fainthearted to fearless.  So what was it?  It was the 3 “P”s.  First it  says that Jesus came and stood among them and showed them His hands and side.  His presence was undisputable to them now…the Resurrection beyond doubt.  Next was Jesus’s greeting, “Peace be with you!”  This type of peace supersedes  anything we can imagine…it is brought about by God’s infinite mercy, granting deliverance and freedom from all distresses.  Finally, Jesus breathed on them and they received the power of the Holy Spirit.  His presence, peace and power turned a rag-tag group of men into a force to be reckoned with.

John 10:17-18 ” The reason My Father loves Me is that I lay down My life – only to take it up again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from My Father.”

By human standards it looked like Jesus had no control over His arrest, trial, crucifixion, and death.  But here in these verses He emphatically  states otherwise.  Jesus was totally in control of every detail, every minute of that horrendous event…and He still is.  When trials and tribulations come,  remember that the same control and power Jesus had over His own life is at work in yours.  Remember also,  that nothing will ever happen to you that hasn’t already gone through your Heavenly Father’s hands first.