Curiosity and Obligation.UPPER CAADA TRACT SOCIETYPeter seeing Him saith to Jesus, Lord, what shall this man do ? Jesus saith untohim, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou Me. Thenwent this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die : yetJesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come,what is that to thee? S. JOH xxi. 21-23.PETER S question concerning John threatened an unseemly encroachment upon Christ s sovereign rights over the work anddestinies of the disciples. Christ had first called, and then, with Hisown blood, redeemed the Twelve, and had so established a supremeclaim to determine all that concerned them, and it ill became thedisciple, who had forsaken his Master in the agonising moments thatmade his ransomed servants an inviolable possession, to arrogate tohimself what looked very much like a co-assessorship with the Master,in fixing the lot of the several disciples. Peter s question assumesthat he has the right to say something on the subject. The temptation to officiousness and egotism presents itself in the goldenmoments of his restoration, and whilst he is hearing a strange premonition of the manner of his own death. He asks about the after-careerof the humbler and more steadfast disciple at his heels, as thoughhe were godfather, and must needs inspect and review and certify thecounsels of the Lord s Providence concerning him. o wonder mencame to believe in the official supremacy of Peter, for in his lesswatchful moments he believed in it himself, and we are accustomedto take men at their own estimate. But the Master admits Peter tono place of primacy over his fellows, He puts upon him no sponsorship for their work and welfare, He pays no respect to his assumedright as spokesman, and will not consent to place the threads of thefuture in his hands. The risen Lord must needs remind Peter thathis duty is to follow, and imitate, and obey, and not to judge ;and to do this will employ all the thought and strength he canbring to bear. He is misconceiving Christ and his own relation toChrist. As Jesus appears with the prints of His death in hands andfeet, the witness of a perfected redemption, and the pattern of everydivine excellence, Peter is in danger for the moment of making Himinto a magnified fortune-teller. o wonder the question was repelled.Christ fixes the life and determines the service and suffering of Hisdisciples as He thinks best, and will have no intrusion upon his prerogative. The sanctification of Christ s blood rests upon that life andservice, and every question that trenches upon Christ s royal right asRedeemer is an impertinence.