This our teaching from our Sunday Gathering on May 10th, 2022.
Pastor Jordan Teaching
Read John 21:18-25
In order to understand what Jesus is doing here we must first understand what the word Sovereignty means.
Sovereignty: supreme power especially over a body politic
Complete Sovereignty: means that God is in complete control over our live. It means that God has a plan for our lives and that we have a simple choice to make: “Do we follow Jesus and obey His commands? Or Do we abandon Jesus Christ and disobey His commands?”
The entirety of scripture points to God being in absolute and supreme control.
“My Frame was not hidden from you, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.” -- Psalm 139:15-16
God’s plan has one thing in mind: To allow all things to be redeemed and give glory to God for our good. When God’s glory shines then our lives are truly good. (Rom. 8:28), “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” When we are living in communion with Jesus Christ He will work through us for His own good.
This piece of scripture highlights two major points:
1. God is in complete control—so do not be anxious rather, trust in Him.
2. It is not always about you, rather it is rarely about you, yet it is always about God.
There are many moments in John where it lets the ready know that Jesus did many things that are not recorded in the scripture—Jesus also tells the disciples to “mind their own business,” or “Stay in your lane—that doesn’t concern you” in John 21:24-25. Jesus is making a succinct point—if you are not following Jesus and not letting Jesus gird you then you will not be at peace. You will be anxious about the future. God wants us to remain in His presence and be content with Him and Him alone.
Life will not be easy, rather it will be very hard, and Jesus here is warning John and Peter that following Him may lead to death Hebrews 12:11 acknowledges, “All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
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