Wednesday, September 21, 2011
“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. This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.” (John 21:18,19 KJV).
In today’s Scripture, the Lord Jesus Christ, after His resurrection, informs the Apostle Peter that some 35 years into the future, evidently, Peter will die by crucifixion—“[he will] stretch forth [his] hands.”
Over in 2 Peter 1:14, we read the Apostle Peter writing, some three decades after Jesus Christ spoke today’s Scripture: “Knowing that shortly I must put off this tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.” Peter, shortly after writing that, glorified God in death (likely executed by evil Roman emperor Nero, who had also murdered the Apostle Paul around that time).
The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:31: “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” Colossians 3:17 explains: “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Every single detail of our lives—from the routine chores to laying down our lives for Christ or the Christian brethren—should bring the Lord Jesus Christ all the glory, praise, and honor He so rightly deserves.
It is noteworthy that today’s Scripture says that the Apostle Peter would “glorify God” by dying. Naturally, we shudder at such a thought, but the least we could do for Jesus Christ, who gave His life for us, is give our lives for Him! Our Christian lives should glorify God; likewise, our deaths should also glorify God. Should we ever be executed for being Christians, we give our heavenly Father many thanks, considering that our dying for Christ is perhaps our greatest opportunity to glorify God.