This Lesson is part of John’s Gospel Easy Notes Series.
This is a clear call sounded in this gospel at the beginning and the end. First to Philip (John 1:43) and finally to Peter, twice (John 21:19b, 22b).
Following Jesus cannot happen unless you focus on him alone. When you follow him he has promised that you will not walk in darkness (John 8:12b).
He is the Good Shepherd who calls you by name and walks ahead of you (John 10:3). With him in front, you need not worry about the way because he is the way (John 14:6).
Finally, when you follow him, don’t ask how he is leading someone else. That is none of your business (Read John 21:22 again).
We all have failed God repeatedly both in private and in public. If we look at our failures we will become discouraged and feel like giving up on the calling of God on our lives.
But Jesus is asking a simple question. “Do you love me (John 21:15, 16, 17)?” Look into his eyes and tell him your answer.
In God’s eyes no failure in your life is final if you can answer yes to his question, “Do you love me?”
We all have a big concern in our hearts about finding God’s will for our lives.
Jesus had no doubts about it. Why? Because as he said, “for I always do what pleases him (John 8:29b).” See also John 5:30b.
When life presents you with choices, ask “Does this please Jesus?”
Again do but look for FAQ and answers. Jesus is taking about a relationship here and not presenting a list of do’s and don’ts.
The secret is to get to know him, fall in love with him, and seek his help to know what pleases him. The Word of God is our guidebook to know what pleases him. Get familiar with the guidebook to know what pleases him.
Love is shown through obedience. If you love Jesus you will obey him. Jesus himself said: “If you love me, you will obey what I command (John 14:15).
The cross is a symbol of perfect obedience
more than a symbol of suffering.
Not my will but yours be done is a prayer (Mark 14:36) that is not easy. It was not easy for Jesus. Neither will it be easy for you or me.