a pastor, elder, principal, teacher, I naturally form essential personal questions. (epq notes in my personal notebook)
from my past to my present; from reflections to meditation; from childhood to youth; youth to husband and father; from silences to spoken words, I have formed, reformed essential personal questions …today’s-…
recently, I wrote on getting all my connecting thoughts and writings to ‘a word’ ( charlesosewalt.com )
this moment, my word, my epq: ‘What was is Jesus’ first and last words to His loved disciples?’
At the end, to Peter,
“Jesus said to him, ‘If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me!” (John 21:22)
at the beginning to Peter,
Jesus’ first words (Matthew 4:19) are now ,also, His last, – “Follow Me!”
this is His word, His answer, to, for me, today
When Jesus first called Peter and Andrew in Matthew 4:19, He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Peter followed Jesus for three years, denied Him three times before His death, and, now is restored. As Peter followed Jesus, he still questions.
What will happen to him and the others? to the loved John? (20:21)
What is Jesus to do?
Jesus is making them; making us; making me.
But, but, Jesus had one message, one answer for Peter to all his questions: “Follow Me!”
first commands do not change