John 21:19-25; Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!” Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” Because of this, the rumor spread among the brothers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?” This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true. Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
“Follow me” Jesus states; simple words but difficult and scary. How can we follow someone when their eyes pierce into our hearts and we cannot hide who we are? He sees my pain, my weaknesses and all of my insecurities.
Coming to know Jesus we enter into a relationship with many pre-suppositions about how we think God ought to move in our lives. And in spite of what may or may not be good for us, he blesses us anyway because of His love for us. Peter is restored and put in charge of the church and then Peter responds by saying… “Lord, what about him?” Jesus was referring to John and Peter again was falling into the trap of comparing himself spiritually with his peers.
Peter is just really starting to get to know Jesus and the awesome hope and responsibility that the Lord is giving him. Peter is going to go thru many trials over the next few years as the leader of this new movement. Through each trial Peter grows deeper and closer to his savior.
The words follow me are deeper and become even more profound to Peter as he grows older in his life. Church legend has it that when Nero was persecuting Christians in Rome in the years A D 67-68, Peter was being chased by Romans soldiers and as he fled Rome, he encounters the risen Lord Jesus on the Via Apia, then Peter astonished asks him in Latin; “Domine, quo vadis? / Lord where goest thou?” And the Lord Jesus replies sadly; “Venio iterum crucfgi,” / “I come to be crucified again.” Its written that Peter turned around and went back to be crucified, and he was crucified upside down because he did not feel worthy to die like Jesus did. (This comes from Tertullian, church father who called the church of Rome, Beata, because for her the apostles shed their blood).