Google+ 04/13/13 Dressed Up With No Place To Go!

John 21:18

 

Verily, verily, I say unto thee,

When thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest:

But when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee,

 And carry thee whither thou wouldest not.   

 

 

Today, in part two of our devotion, Jesus does something that He does twenty-five separate times in the gospel of John.  I am using the King James Version of the Bible today so that all of us can see it more clearly.  Jesus begins our Scripture verse today with "Double Verilies."  Jesus used this technique when He was about to deliver a message that required our full attention and understanding.  Jesus also used these words when He was about to say something that He was sure we would have trouble believing or understanding.  "Verily, verily" is an expression that was borrowed from the Old Testament.  It was used there when someone needed to proclaim that what they were saying, really was true.  It is like saying, "I tell you this," or "Hey, listen up!"  Remember that this proclamation from Jesus comes to Peter and the other six disciples immediately following the questioning of Peter.  Three times, Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him.  Three times Peter responded, announcing his love for his Savior.  Jesus then gets their attention and tells them that when they were young, they did what they wanted, dressed themselves, and went wherever they wanted.  Jesus is speaking about the days before He called them to be disciples.  Now that Jesus has been crucified and resurrected to ascend to heaven, and sit at the right hand of His Father, His work on earth is now left to Peter and the boys.  Jesus now admonishes them that they must believe the entirety of Scripture.  Remember that Peter admits in 2 Peter 3:15-16, that some of Paul's epistles are hard to understand, but Peter accepts them as the inspired Word of God, and hence, part of our Holy Scripture.  Jesus warns Peter and the others that now that they are older, other people will "dress them" and take them places they don't want to go.  Can we modern-day Christians relate to this statement?  Of course we can.  How many times, just this week, has someone taken you some place you didn't want to go?  How many things have you set out to do for God that haven't gotten done because someone "dressed" you in different attire, preventing you from doing God's work?  Listen to the message and heed the warning.  Don't let others dress you and send you into ungodly territory.  Stay focused on God and "feed His sheep."  If you don't do this, you will get all dressed up with no place to go!