Lovest thou Me more than these?
John 21:15-17 “So when they had dined, Jesus saith unto Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonah, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, yea, Lord: thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
He saith to him a second time, Simon, son of Jonah, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonah, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, loves thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.”
Love Me more than “these”, Peter?…..what were “these”. “These” were the things of Peter’s life that he had gone back to (Jesus found them fishing, again catching nothing, when He invited them to “come and dine”).
Peter had been afraid and denied the Lord, and then been afraid that because of his denial, he had been turned out of being a disciple of the Lord……fear does bad things to us….but….
Jesus restored Peter after his three denials……with three affirmations of love.
Jesus knew Peter loved him. But there is a big difference in loving the Lord, as long as it is not going to cost me anything, to do so.
Or loving Jesus, even though it costs you everything to do so.
Peter fell into sin and denied the Lord, because he stood outside with those waiting to see what would happen….rather then go in with John to the palace and be there with Jesus during the judgement of the Sanhedrin.
Outside, neither with or against, is a dangerous place to be. For surely someone or something will make you choose.
And when you do; you may find, like Peter, you have just denied your Lord.
But Jesus knew Peter’s heart; and had made provision for it:
Luke 22:31-32 “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not : and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”
The Lord has also made provision for us (1 Timothy2:5 As our Mediator He prays for us)……that we might be restored any time to Him and that we might go on and be used for Him……..Peter certainly was.
We, too, are asked, “Lovest thou Me?”
What does our heart answer…for Jesus knows if we love Him, by our obedience.
And He calls us to do it, for His sake.
The Christian walk is a love story–or should be.
Yes, in every relationship where our hearts are concerned, there are going to be arguments. (Some call these differences of opinion, some call them having a fit with God)
Even in the Old Testament times God wanted a love relationship with His people and asked them to:
Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
He wanted them to come and talk to Him about what was between them.
What reason had they for seeking idols?
What reason had they for refusing to understand His corrections?
Proverbs 1:23 “Turn you at My reproof: behold, I will pour out My Spirit unto you, I will make known My words unto you.”
He was and is ready…..always…..to give more understanding and grace by His Holy Spirit, to us in any situation (yes, even the ones we are not suppose to be in…..to help us out of them)
His call to us , is always, to come and go with Him, because we love Him.
What about us?
Lovest thou Me more than these?