John 21:22

22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.”

John 21:22 in Other Translations

KJV
22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.
ESV
22 Jesus said to him, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!"
NLT
22 Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? As for you, follow me.”
MSG
22 Jesus said, "If I want him to live until I come again, what's that to you? You - follow me."
CSB
22 "If I want him to remain until I come," Jesus answered, "what is that to you? As for you, follow Me."

John 21:22 Meaning and Commentary

John 21:22

Jesus saith unto him
Christ vouchsafes an answer to Peter, but not a very clear one, nor such an one as he wished for, and not without a rebuke to him:

if I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?
meaning, that if it was his pleasure that he should live, not till his second coming to judge the quick and dead at the last day, but till he should come in his power and take vengeance on the Jewish nation, in the destruction of their city and temple by the Romans, and in dispersing them through the nations of the world; till which time John did live, and many years after; and was the only one of the disciples that lived till that time, and who did not die a violent death; what was that to Peter? it was no concern of his. The question was too curious, improper, and impertinent; it became him to attend only to what concerned himself, and he was bid to do:

follow thou me;
whence it may be observed, that it becomes the saints to mind their duty in following Christ, and not concern themselves in things that do not belong to them. Christ is to be followed by his people as their leader and commander; as the shepherd of the flock; as a guide in the way, and the forerunner that is gone before; as the light of the world; as the pattern and example of the saints, and as their Lord and master; and that in the exercise of every grace, as humility and meekness, love, zeal, patience, and resignation to the will of God; and also in the discharge of duty, both with respect to moral life and conversation, and instituted worship, as attendance on public service, and submission to ordinances; and likewise in enduring sufferings patiently and cheerfully for his sake. Saints are under obligation to follow Christ; it is their interest so to do; it is honourable, safe, comfortable, and pleasant, and ends in happiness here and hereafter.

John 21:22 In-Context

20 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?”)
21 When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”
22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.”
23 Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers 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?”
24 This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Matthew 16:27; 1 Corinthians 4:5; Revelation 2:25
  • 2. ver 19; S Matthew 4:19