Week 46, Day 1
November 14, 2022
Scripture: John 21
“The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”” (John 21:17–19)
The closing of John’s Gospel is a message of forgiveness and mission. God extends his gracious forgiveness to Peter, and directs him to feed and care for his lambs. Peter is commissioned to care for the disciples of Jesus.
Despite his rejection of God, he turns back to him, assuring God of his devotion, love and commitment to him.
Whenever I read of Peter’s restoration, I am reminded of my own need for restation to God. I’ve denied him. I’ve turned my own way in the interest of my safety.
Jesus extends his grace to Peter, he extends it to me as well. He extends it to you.
As always, the message in John is clear, will you love Jesus and believe in him?
There will be consequences and great difficulty for Peter because he’s chosen to follow Christ. We need to be aware that there are consequences for us as well. Regardless, let us trust and obey, and devote our lives to him again.
He’s asking all of us, “Do you love me?”
What do you say?
Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.