Notes from the Journey with the Disciples – 355

  1. Jesus answered (John 21:22).

It seems like a simple phrase, meant to introduce the statement that follows. Who’s talking now? Jesus. And yet, that very idea seems extraordinary. Jesus answers Peter’s question. Perhaps this jumps off the page a bit because it is a moment where Peter doesn’t understand what is happening or what will happen. He doesn’t like the future Jesus has described for him and wants it to make sense. And Jesus answers. So often, Jesus doesn’t answer–at least not as clearly as He does here. Jesus said to Thomas, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believed.” He could as easily be saying to Peter, “Blessed are those I have not answered and yet believed.” Because things don’t always make sense to us. Questions linger in the quiet air. And yet, we walk forward, trusting God’s plan, following the steps He has shown. Jesus answered and every time He does, we ought be amazed that the Eternal God would engage our uncertainty. But we ought equally never forget that His goal is for us to trust Him and just keep following.

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