Easter is here! 21 days and 21 chapters for us.
It’s been over 3 years for these guys. They’ve heard teachings, they’ve seen miracles, and now they’ve seen Jesus come back from the dead.
And still Peter is struggling with “What does God think about me?”
He’s just been reinstated by Jesus to lead the church and yet he is still struggling with the comparison trap.
‘Peter turned around and saw behind them the disciple Jesus loved—the one who had leaned over to Jesus during supper and asked, “Lord, who will betray you?” Peter asked Jesus, “What about him, Lord?” Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? As for you, follow me.” ‘ John 21:20-22
Peter is looking around saying “Ok, thanks for the job to be the leader of the church… but… what about him?” He wonders what we do. Will their job be better or worse than mine? Will they look up to me or down on me? What about them, Jesus?
And Jesus says words to Peter that he says to us… “What is that to you?”
What is it to you if someone else has a more prominent role in church?
What is it to you if their kids get into Ivy league schools and yours don’t?
What is it to you if your intern gets the credit for your work?
As for you, follow me.
Maybe that’s the best way to end our 21 days: What is it to you what anyone else says or does? Jesus loves you. He died for you. And he’s alive. So follow Him.