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Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

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)