Some people just need to know you still care
15 After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these? ” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him. 16 Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.” “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said. 17 A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep. 18 ”I tell you the truth, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to let him know by what kind of death he would glorify God. Then Jesus told him, “Follow me.”
20 Peter turned around and saw behind them the disciple Jesus loved-the one who had leaned over to Jesus during supper and asked, “Lord, who will betray you?” 21 Peter asked Jesus, “What about him, Lord?” 22 Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? As for you, follow me.” 23 So the rumor spread among the community of believers that this disciple wouldn’t die. But that isn’t what Jesus said at all. He only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?” 24 This disciple is the one who testifies to these events and has recorded them here. And we know that his account of these things is accurate. 25 Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written. John 21:15-24
As I read these verses, two things that jump out for me are the gracious and forgiving nature of Jesus and how he diligently pursued Peter. Jesus had risen from the dead and He made sure that He would spend time with Peter and make it beyond clear that he was forgiven. Think of a time that a friend has “sought you out” and how special it made you feel. In chapter 18 John shares with us how Peter denied Jesus three times. In Jesus’ conversation with Peter in these verses in chapter 21 Peter is being “reinstated” as one of his disciples. Jesus is commanding Peter to “feed my lambs”, “take care of my sheep” and “feed my sheep”. This lets us know how much He is trusting Peter.
I think about what Peter did to Jesus by denying Him, and marvel at the depth of forgiveness that Jesus had for him. It’s not just the words of forgiveness, but the act of trusting Peter with these important tasks. These verses convict me to be obedient and ask Jesus to be a part of EVERYTHING that I do. Only God has this depth of forgivingness and complete ERASING of the past. I can hardly believe that my sin is erased in His eyes and that He sees me as wiped clean when I am sinful and so unworthy.
I am so encouraged to see Jesus’ character and how he moves among us now with the Holy Spirit. Jesus reaches our hearts with the same level of care, trust, and forgiveness that He gave to Peter. I need to be obedient to extend grace and time to others!! Time is such a gift and by sharing our time we show people how much we care for them. Who in your life needs grace? Who in your life needs some of your time? Thank you, Jesus, for providing such a beautiful example of love and grace in these passages.
Lord I am in awe of your forgiving and kind nature. Please help us all to be obedient in following the model of Your love with everyone we encounter. As we finish these 21 days of prayer and fasting, please help and guide us all to be focused on this new year and to be obedient and listening to Your promptings throughout our days. To see You working around us and to join in! Help us to bless others with our time, even in the “busy-ness” of our days. We love You and want to honor You in all that we do~ In Your precious Son’s name~ Amen. Brenda Rose
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