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Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 236/260: Peter

Read John 21:15-19

Do You Love Jesus?

Three times Peter had denied Jesus as the Lord stood trial. Three times the apostle denied following Him. Three times “the rock” claimed he did not know the Man. How must the apostle have felt when he heard the rooster crow and remembered what Jesus had said?

Jesus died. His body was taken from the cross and laid in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. Then three days later, it was gone. What went through Peter’s mind as these events unfolded? He remembered that Jesus had predicted the denials; did the apostle also remember the predictions about the Lord’s resurrection?

Jesus spent a little more than a month with the apostles after His death, burial, and resurrection, prior to His ascension. During this time, do you think Peter was distracted by guilt? Did he sit there and wonder, “Is Jesus going to talk to me about my denials?”

We do not have all the details of everything that was said during this time, but John gives us a glimpse of Peter’s restoration at the end of his gospel account. Following breakfast, Jesus asked, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” (John 21:15). But He didn’t ask just once. Three times Jesus asked, “Do you love Me?” (John 21:15-17).

Each time, Peter affirmed, “Yes, Lord, You know that I love You” (John 21:15-17). After each admonition, the Lord charged him with the care of the flock. “Feed My lambs” (John 21:15). “Tend My sheep” (John 21:16). “Feed My sheep” (John 21:17).

Peter denied Jesus three times. Here, Jesus gives Peter the opportunity to take back each denial and gives the apostle the task of caring for others. How many times have you denied Jesus in your life? How many times have you declared your love for Him and expressed that love through your care for others?

Jesus says in John 21:19, “Follow Me,” just as He said when He initially called Peter in Matthew 4:19. Jesus wants all men to follow Him. Do you love Him? Are you following Him?

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Day 231/260: Read John 21

Our God is a God of second chances. In John 18, we read of Peter’s three-fold denial of Jesus, but his story doesn’t end there. After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberius.

Three times, Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love Me?” Peter, who “wept bitterly” (Luke 22:62) when he realized what he had done in the courtyard, now affirmed his love for the Lord. “You know that I love You.”

Jesus gave Peter a mission. He told him, “Feed My lambs.” He said, “Tend My sheep.” He said, “Feed My sheep.” Jesus, “the good shepherd,” had given “His life for the sheep” (John 10:11). He was now ready to go to the Father and begin preparations for His faithful followers to join Him (John 14:2-3). While He does that, He gives Peter the responsibility to feed and tend the flock.

We can continue to learn from Peter and the other inspired writers of the New Testament, by reading their words and obeying the instructions God has given us through their pens. We are the sheep, and we are to follow the good shepherd.

Memory (Read aloud 5-10 times)

1 John 1:7. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

Pray

Pray for selflessness in loving Christ and doing the will of God as He revealed in the New Testament.

“But Lord, What About This Man?”

John 21:15-21

I. DISTRACTIONS

    A. Peter’s distraction in this context (John 18:15-18,25-27; 21:21-22)
    B. The distractions in the parable of the sower (Luke 8:5-15)
    C. Peter’s earlier distractions

      1. When Jesus walked on water (Matthew 14:26-30)
      2. At the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-7)

II. OUR FOCUS MUST BE ON FOLLOWING THE LORD

    A. God must be first (Matthew 6:33; Colossians 3:1-2,5; Matthew 6:19-21; Hebrews 11:6)
    B. Barclay: “Let a man serve Christ where Christ has set him” (John 21:15-22; Ephesians 4:11; 1 Corinthians 12:12-22)
    C. Where is your focus? (Philippians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 9:27; Matthew 7:3-5; Galatians 6:1; Romans 12:1-2)