The Beloved Disciple

John 21:19–25

Works of art by James Tissot, Plautilla Nelli, and Unknown artist
Commentaries by Ian Boxall

John 21:19–25

Bible passage (Revised Standard Version)

19(This he said to show by what death he was to glorify God.) And after this he said to him, “Follow me.”

20 Peter turned and saw following them the disciple whom Jesus loved, who had lain close to his breast at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” 21When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” 22Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!” 23The saying spread abroad among the brethren that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?”

24 This is the disciple who is bearing witness to these things, and who has written these things; and we know that his testimony is true.

25 But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.