Posted: Thursday, June 2
2 Samuel 19:11-20:13
Verse of the day:
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. (John 21:16)
Peter, one of Jesus’ best friends, had just gone through a whirlwind of emotions and situations. Not only did his best friend and what he believed was the Messiah get arrested, but He was murdered, came back to life, and was popping up and revealing himself to people. This was the man that Peter flat out said, “No matter what happens Jesus, I’m there with you!” Only to be followed up by ditching Jesus when He’s arrested, flat out rejecting Jesus, and pretending to not know who He was to save his own skin. Now, Jesus is sitting right in front of Peter’s eyes cooking fish for them to eat.
Three times Jesus asks Peter, “Do you love me?” Peter responds each time with, “Jesus, come on man! You know me. Of course I love you!” All three times Jesus says back, “Then feed my sheep.” Peter denied knowing Jesus three times, and here, many believe, was Jesus’ aim to restore the relationship between Him and Peter by asking him three times if he loved Him.