By Richard J. Cassidy
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What does his inclusion of pericopes featuring these titles reveal concerning his own outlook? John's own author's notes (20:30-31; 21:25) disclose that he faced major decisions regarding selectivity: myriads of reports concerning Jesus might be included, but John worked within the self-imposed limit of a single scroll. The pericopes included in the final text are thus surely included because John accorded them a high priority. In the Gospel of John, "Lord" (kyrios) is the preeminent title of address used by those who truly believe in Jesus.
Follow me" is indeed the directive with which 21:19 ends, a directive that is repeated and intensified in 21:22b. It remains to note and then to emphasize that martyrdom through crucifixion is unalterably martyrdom at the hands of the Roman authorities. For just as capital sentences were the preroga tive of Roman administrators, so was crucifixion the preferred method of execution for those who were not Roman citizens. Within the empire of Jesus' day, as well as at the time when the Gospel was published, there was no entity or authority with the power to crucify apart from the various imperial administrators.
For just as capital sentences were the preroga tive of Roman administrators, so was crucifixion the preferred method of execution for those who were not Roman citizens. Within the empire of Jesus' day, as well as at the time when the Gospel was published, there was no entity or authority with the power to crucify apart from the various imperial administrators. In effect, then, Jesus here makes a significant prediction that Peter's death will be identical with Jesus' own manner of death: cruci fixion at the hands of the Roman authorities.