John 21:22 (NKJV) 22 Jesus said to him, "If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me."
The Bible is amazing. It is packed with revelation from cover to cover. Not only do the words have significance, but often the numbers and even the names that are used do too.
The above verse came from the last chapter of the Gospels. The Gospels are the first 4 books of the New Testament portion of the Bible. The Gospels give an account of the 3.5 year ministry of Jesus Christ as a man among us here on earth. The Gospels reveal the need for us to have a savior and how Jesus became that savior by offering himself on the cross. The book of John is the last of the 4 Gospels. This verse comes from the last chapter of John or the end of the Gospels. This chapter closes the ministry of Jesus and marks the beginning of our new covenant with God.
The Gospels finish with this account of the disciples Peter and John walking with Jesus. Jesus just told Peter how he (Peter) was to experience death and glorify God (John 21:19). The other disciple named John was following behind them. John 21:21 (GW) tells us, "When Peter saw him, he asked Jesus, “Lord, what about him?”
The verse at the top of this post is the answer Jesus gave. This answer has a beautiful revelation hidden in it. You see the name "John" means "God's Given Grace". What Jesus actually said was, "If I will that God's Given Grace remains until I return, what is that to you?"
The word grace means unmerited favor. This is the "God's Given Grace" that Jesus left behind. In other words Jesus left behind a free pass to heaven that will remain available until He returns. It's Grace and we don't have to earn it. The truth is that we could never achieve true righteousness and earn a place in heaven. Because of this Grace we don't have to earn it we just declare Jesus' righteousness and receive our ticket to heaven. It is an unmerited gift of favor.
The Bible says in Colossians 2:14 (GW), "He (Jesus) did this by erasing the charges that were brought against us by the written laws God had established. He took the charges away by nailing them to the cross." This verse tells us how Jesus provided this gift. Take notice that this verse says the written laws were nailed to the cross. This brings us to another truth hidden in these names. You see "Peter" means "Stone". The name Peter is significant because the 10 commandments were written on stone. Jesus told Peter that his death would glorify God. At the end of his ministry, Peter, also died on a cross just like Jesus. Jesus was saying, in this last story of the Gospels, that Peter (the law), was to be nailed to a cross.
Simply put, the last story of the gospels summarizes the reason Jesus came. The law (Peter) was nailed to a cross and left us with Grace (John) until Jesus returns.
You don't have to work your way into heaven. Just receive this free gift of God's Given Grace!