Are You Ready?
Verse 15a When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
Yesterday we talked about how Jesus showed His love to His disciples. It was after their breakfast that Jesus changed the topic to Peter’s love for Him.
Despite Peter’s display of love before breakfast he encounters Jesus’ inquiring about the depth of Peter’s love and commitment. Jesus was having this discussion discretely with Peter as we see in verse 20. Jesus probably asked Peter to take a walk with Him and as they were walking Jesus started asking His questions. Some think this was to remind Peter of his denying Christ 3 times but since we know that Peter and Jesus had already had a private meeting right after the resurrection (mentioned in 1 Corinthians 15:5) it is likely that Peter has already confessed his denial and Jesus would have forgiven him. Since we know that Jesus doesn’t hold our sin against us after we repent and by Peter showing no reluctance in hurrying to Jesus from the boat, we know that there wasn’t a strain in their relationship.
Knowing this we look at this discussion between the two friends from a view of close friendship. We all have close friends and so we know the tense conversations that can be had even among the closest of friends. This is such a conversation. Jesus knew His time on earth was nearly over. He needed to make sure Peter understood what was going to be required of Him. Peter knew he was forgiven but Jesus needed him to remember what Jesus had told him when He had changed His name to Peter from Simon (John 1:42).
The name Peter means rock and Jesus had told him that he would be the rock that the Church would be built on. This is the message that Peter needs to remember before Jesus heads back to heaven. Peter is coming up to the most challenging times of his, and the fellow believers, lives. There would be some things coming up in the coming months and years that Peter needed to be ready for. Jesus had told Peter in Gethsemane on the night Jesus was arrested to pray so that he could fight temptation but he slept instead and then denied Him 3 times. Jesus is wanting to make sure Peter is preparing for the weight of being the leader. Up until now the leader of their group has been Jesus, except for those few days when Jesus was dead. Jesus needed Peter to know that was going to change.
Making It Personal
Have you ever wished you could have Jesus give you a pep talk? Do you pray during those times of feeling down? What Is God telling you to do?
Making It Personal Kids
Do you think of Jesus as a friend? Do you think you could talk to Him when you don’t know what to do about something? How could you know what Jesus would want you to do?
Father, thank You for this reminder that You care about us even when we make a mistake. You still have a plan for us to serve You. Continue guiding us forward in the work of Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name, amen.