John 21:20 The Remarkable Human Trait of Deflection

John 21:20 (KJV)
Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?

Jesus had just told Peter, “Follow me.” The very next words in the Word of God is “Then Peter, turning about…”

Peter demonstrates the remarkable human trait of deflection. Perhaps, if Jesus’ attention could be placed upon another, the other would be responsible to feed His sheep, give His life and follow the Lord.

The lesson is a difficult one because we are such “sheep like creatures.”[1] We do best in a flock. We feel safest hidden in a bunch of others who look and do just as we.

Truth be told, John’s course wasn’t that much different than Peter’s. It wasn’t the same, but it wasn’t that much different. They were both still in the Lord’s flock, and they would both feed God’s sheep. The point was that each man was to follow Jesus.

We belong in a flock, a body. But we must not try to hide from Jesus within that body. We should all look to the Lord and follow Him, leaving it up to the Lord how He will lead us, and leave it alone how He leads another.


[1] And most of us don’t really like it.

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John 21:20 The Remarkable Human Trait of Deflection

Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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