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‘He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?”’ (John 21:17 NKJV).

From: June 2, 2020

THE LOVE THAT WILL NOT BE DENIED

The night Jesus was betrayed, Peter denied Him three times before the rooster crowed, just as Jesus had warned. Surely Peter, the “Rock,” was still struggling with his personal failure when the Lord appeared to His disciples for the third time after His resurrection. Indeed, Peter had become so rudderless that he had returned to his nets. The other disciples followed him and they spent the whole night fishing, yet caught nothing.
 
Sounds familiar doesn’t it? For that morning, the Lord called out from the shore asking whether they had caught anything. When they answered “No,” He told them to cast on the right side of the boat. When they did, they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish. Immediately, John recognized that it was Jesus calling to them from the shore saying, “It is the Lord!” At this, Peter jumped in the water and swam ashore.
 
Why would Jesus essentially repeat the scene of Peter’s original calling? For Luke 5 recorded that Peter first answered Christ’s call after a similar fishing miracle.
 
He did it for Peter. Peter’s failure had him looking to the past, thinking to return to those things that he once knew. Yet, Jesus renewed Peter’s call to Himself. O what love! Peter had denied Jesus, but the One who is love itself, would not deny him!
 
So as they sat on the shore together, enjoying a breakfast provided by Jesus, the Lord asked Peter the same question three times. “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Why such a question? Does the Lord of all creation care whether we love Him? Apparently, He does.
 
But why ask Peter the same question three times? Because Peter had denied Him three times. Jesus gave Peter the opportunity, painful though it was, to declare his love three times. With each declaration, Jesus reminded Peter of his calling, “Feed My sheep.” With each declaration, Simon was restored to being Peter, “the Rock,” again.
 
When we make a commitment to Jesus, as Peter learned, he helps us to keep it. Jesus loved us first and it is His love that enables us to commit to love him back.
 
Coincidently, this OYB reading falls on June 2nd, my wedding anniversary. On this day 41 years ago, Robin and I committed to love one another until death do us part. The Lord has blessed us by helping us keep that commitment to Him and to one another, and to grow even more in love as the years have passed.
 
Jesus still asks His followers, “Do you love me?” It’s a question of relationship, not religion. It’s an invitation to commit your life to the One who is Love itself. And His love will not be denied.
 
PRAYER: Dear Father, we need Your love so desperately in our land today. Pour out Your love on us, O Lord. Make us vessels of reconciliation and forgiveness. Even when someone denies us, help us to go to them to be restored in fellowship again. For You are Love. And we are Yours. In Jesus’ name, amen.

‘Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? As for you, follow me.”’ (John 21:22 NLT).

From: June 2, 2018

THE LAST LIVING APOSTLE
After Jesus told Peter the manner in which he would someday die for his witness, he asked about John’s future. Peter asked, “What about him, Lord?” The Lord responded that he shouldn’t worry about the plan God had for John’s future. He should focus on following Jesus, not on what happens to John.
 
John, who was probably the youngest disciple, perhaps still a teen when he started following Jesus, was in fact the last living disciple. He died around the year 100 AD. He was boiled in oil by the Romans but survived. He was exiled to the Island of Patmos where he wrote the book of Revelation. He eventually returned to Ephesus where most accounts state that he died peaceably. All of the apostles died a martyr’s death, except for John. The disciple who Jesus loved lived to see the gospel successfully carried into the next century.

“How much better to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.” (Proverbs 16:16 NKJV).

From: June 2, 2017

Gold and silver are the currency of the world, but in heaven they will be as common as the stones we walk on. However, wisdom and understanding are both valuable here and essential for heaven. And where do we “get wisdom?” It is found in Christ alone. For “Christ is the wisdom of God” (1 Cor. 1:24). True riches are found in Christ alone (Phil. 4:19).

‘He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”’ (John 21:17 ESV)

From: June 2, 2016

After Jesus’ resurrection he appeared to his disciples many times. On one occasion he asked Peter three times whether he loved him. Certainly this was connected to Peter’s denying Jesus three times before his crucifixion. In this manner Jesus helped restore their relationship, giving Peter the opportunity to renew his pledge of love, even reminding him of his earlier promise that he was willing to die for Jesus. When we make a commitment to Jesus, as Peter learned, he helps us to keep it. Jesus loved us first and it is His love that enables us to commit to love him back. Coincidently, this OYB reading falls on June 2nd, my wedding anniversary. On this day 37 years ago, Robin and I committed to love one another until death do us part. The Lord has blessed us by helping us keep that commitment to Him and to one another, and to grow even more in love as the years have passed. Jesus still asks His followers, “Do you love me?” It’s a question of relationship, not religion. It’s an invitation to commit your life to the One who is Love itself.

‘He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?”’ (John 21:17 NKJV)

From: June 2, 2015

After Jesus’ resurrection he appeared to his disciples many times. On one occasion he asked Peter three times whether he loved him. Certainly this was connected to Peter’s denying Jesus three times before his crucifixion. In this manner Jesus helped restore their relationship, giving Peter the opportunity to renew his pledge of love, even reminding him of his earlier promise that he was willing to die for Jesus. When we make a commitment to Jesus, as Peter learned, he helps us to keep it. Jesus loved us first and it is His love that enables us to commit to love him back. Coincidently, this OYB reading falls on June 2nd, my wedding anniversary. On this day 36 years ago, Robin and I committed to love one another until death do us part. The Lord has blessed us by helping us keep that commitment to Him and to one another, and to grow even more in love as the years have passed. Jesus still asks His followers, “Do you love me?” It’s a question of relationship, not religion. It’s an invitation to commit your life to the One who is Love itself.

“Jesus repeated the question: ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?'” (John 21:16 NLT)

From: June 2, 2014

After Jesus’ resurrection he appeared to his disciples many times. On his third appearance he asked Peter three times whether he loved him. Certainly this must be connected to Peter’s denying Jesus three times before his crucifixion. In this manner Jesus helped restore their relationship, giving Peter the opportunity to renew his pledge of love, even reminding him of his earlier promise that he was willing to die for Jesus. Our pledge to love Jesus even unto death is of no value without Jesus helping us to keep our relationship. When we make a commitment to Jesus, as Peter learned, he helps us to keep it. Jesus loves us and it is the power of his love that enables us to love him back. Coincidently, this OYB reading falls on June 2nd, my anniversary. On this day 35 years ago, Robin and I committed to love one another until death do us part. We have kept that promise so far and we give Jesus all the credit for empowering us to not only keep loving, but to love one another more and more deeply as the years roll on. Jesus asks, “Do you love me?” Perhaps the most important question we will ever answer.

‘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)

From: June 2, 2012

Peter learned that loving Jesus means more than words. Singing love songs to Jesus is good. But the worship that Jesus calls us to means that our love for Him looks like love for His sheep. Jesus still asks, “Do you love me?”

“This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down.” (John 21:24)

From: June 2, 2011

John the Beloved refers to himself in this self-deflecting way. His gospel is an eye witness testimony, containing more detail and dialogue than the other gospels. The word “believe” is prominent, occurring 76 times. John wants us to believe.