The Beloved Disciple and His Book

Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?” 21 Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?”

22 Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.”

23 Then this saying went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?”

24 This is the disciple who testifies of these things, and wrote these things; and we know that his testimony is true.

25 And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen. — John 21:20-25.

Peter turns around and sees John following them. (It was he who had leaned back against Jesus’ chest at the meal and asked, “Lord, who is the one who is going to betray you?”) So when Peter sees him, he asks Jesus about John. Jesus replies that if He wanted him to live until He returns, why should that concern Peter. Once again He tells Peter to follow Him! So the saying circulated among the brethren that John was not going to die. But Jesus did not say that he was not going to die, but rather, if He wanted him to live until His return, what concern was that of Peter’s.

Postscript
Finally, John writes that it is he who testifies about these things and has written about them, and his testimony is true. He concludes, there were many other things that Jesus did. If every one of them were written down, all the libraries in the world would not have room for the books that would be written.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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