All scripture is cited in New Living Translation (NLT) Unless Otherwise Noted.
Jesus & Future
18 “I tell you the truth, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to let him know by what kind of death he would glorify God. Then Jesus told him, “Follow me.”
20 Peter turned around and saw behind them the disciple Jesus loved—the one who had leaned over to Jesus during supper and asked, “Lord, who will betray you?” 21 Peter asked Jesus, “What about him, Lord?”
22 Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? As for you, follow me.” 23 So the rumor spread among the community of believers that this disciple wouldn’t die. But that isn’t what Jesus said at all. He only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”
24 This disciple is the one who testifies to these events and has recorded them here. And we know that his account of these things is accurate.
25 Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.
John is getting at what it means to hear “Follow me.” from Jesus.
What it means to follow depends on who you are following.
Following Jesus leads to the cross and resurrection.
Like Peter, Jesus has called you.
What does it mean to hear “Follow me” from Jesus for you?
1) How is the term “follow” used in culture and life right now?
2) Who are people you follow in life? Why?
3) What kind of leader is Jesus, in your own words?
4) In your own words, what kind of follower was Peter?
5) Following Jesus leads to a cross and a resurrection. What are your reactions to that?
6) Why do you follow Jesus? If you don’t, why not?
7) What does it mean to hear “Follow me” from Jesus, for you?