Did you know that your own personal Santa Claus dwells within your flesh? It is the part of you that hears truth applied, wraps in it a nice package and sticks it in a gigantic red sack to generously dole out to others. (Picture from this message by Albert Martin.)
Peter captures this in his last words of John’s gospel: “Lord, what about this man?” As Christ deals with us in restorative grace, how easy to allow deflective measures to creep into our thinking. Jesus gives a simple corrective measure. What happens to him is not your business. Your business involves simply following me. Focus, Peter, focus.
One detail to note. Peter’s response followed a specific instruction from the Lord. Jesus calls us to interact with others, calling them to repentance and encouraging them in the way. The issue in this instance revolves around the fact that Peter’s question accounts for his response to Jesus’ direction for Peter.
Giving gifts is a good thing just so long as they are not the gifts God intended for our use.
Peter’s Statements from John’s Gospel
“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life and we have believed and come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” – John 6:68-69
“Lord, do you wash my feet?” – John 13:6
“You shall never wash my feet.” – John 13:8
“Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” – John 13:9
“Lord, where are you going?” – John 13:36
“Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” – John 13:37
“I am not.” – John 18:13
“I am not.” – John 18:25
“I am going fishing.” – John 21:3
“It is the Lord!” – John 21:7
“Yes, Lord; You know that I love you.” – John 21:15
“Yes, Lord; You know that I love you.” – John 21:16
“Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” – John 21:17
“Lord, what about this man?” – John 21:21