“What is that to you?”
They don’t sound like words of Jesus, do they? Yet they are. In John 20: 22 Jesus said these words to Peter who is concerned about how John will die. Peter has just encountered the resurrected Christ and he has been reinstated after his denial of Jesus on the night before he was crucified.
Yet despite this, He is concerned about how John will die?
Peter seems to have missed the point. He is talking with someone who only days before was killed on a cross. He is talking to someone who has been resurrected from the dead. He has just experienced extraordinary grace from the one who he failed on the night when he needed him most, and all he can think about is whether John is going to get a better death than him.
It’s so easy to focus on what others have, the life they are enjoying or what they have done. In doing so we can miss what is happening before our very eyes.
Next time you feel the temptation to be overly concerned about what is happening to another, remember the words of Jesus, “what is that to you?” and pay attention to what God is doing for you in that moment.