Peter, John, Thomas, and more. . .
John, chapters 20 and 21 is a record of the responses of those who were witnesses to the resurrection. Yes, it does make a difference to you and me.
Peter rushed right into the sepulcher and had lots of questions. That was Peter’s way. I think the word we use today might be motor mouth. John was calm and introspective; John took the time to think things through. John was also the one at the last supper who stayed close to Jesus. Thomas was very deliberate in making decisions. Some preachers describe him as doubting Thomas. I see him as a “just show me the facts” sort of guy.
So we see here that Peter probably talked without thinking much ahead. He took a piece of news and ran with it; why bother with research! John took time to piece the puzzle together; let’s think this through. Thomas had to have facts; before he decided anything he made columns of pros and cons.
Jesus met the disciples on the shore after a fishing expedition. When he called out to them Peter recognized the voice and of course, took immediate action by swimming to shore. John, also a fisherman calmly brought the boat to shore, along with a full net of fish. Thomas probably wasn’t there; he wasn’t a fisherman disciple. He was probably somewhere else driving a hard bargain with someone.
The breakfast on the shore conversation turned to other things among them the subject of how Peter would die. Peter then asked the question of Jesus, “What about John?” Always a question. Jesus politely but pointedly responded, “What is that to thee?” In my terms, I think he said politely, “That is none of your business.”
Jesus loved Peter. Jesus loved John. Jesus loved Thomas. Jesus loves me. Jesus loves you.
Let’s be cautious about passing judgment on the responses of others to situations. I see too many times when someone is criticized for a particular reaction when the reaction was absolutely normal for that person. It must be a problem from, well, forever. Paul addresses it in II Corinthians 10:12 when he warned about comparing ourselves among ourselves. It is so important to remember that Jesus loves us all–warts and all. Oh, that we would be that generous. Make it a goal to live in The Shepherd’s Presence. Just be yourself; everyone else is taken.