John Lesson 29 Day 3
6. After breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter a question.
Jesus waited until they all had a chance to eat a hot breakfast and warm themselves by the fire.
Then, He didn’t ask, “Why did you deny me three times?” Nor did he ask, “Are you stronger now?” or “Did you truly repent?”
Instead, Jesus asked, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these [others do—with total commitment and devotion]?” (AMPC)
Jesus knew Peter’s heart, but he asked him for Peter’s own self-examination. (Guzik)
Jesus asked the question twice using the word agapas, which in its Biblical usage often speaks of an all-giving, uncaused, unselfish love. Peter answered Jesus using the word philio, which in Biblical usage sometimes has in mind a more reciprocal love, a friendly affection. Some translations express Peter’s answer as, “I am your friend.” (Guzik)
The once-arrogant Peter who boasted, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will,” (Matthew 26:33 NIV) is now humbled by his own failure. (Andrew Wommack)
7. The Holy Spirit convicts gently. He never condemns.
Jesus is more patient with me than I am with myself.
8. Feed His lambs
Jesus instructed Peter to feed His lambs and sheep (John 21:16-17) if he really loved Him. True love will produce service. Service does not produce true love.
This directive to Peter to feed Jesus’ lambs not only was instructional but also provided reassurance. Peter’s three denials had put his relationship with the Lord in doubt in the sight of Peter himself and the others. This commission gave reassurance to everyone, including Peter, that the Lord had forgiven him and reinstated Peter to his place of authority.
I’m sure Jesus knew that Peter loved Him. But He wanted to hear Peter say it. Likewise, just because the Lord knows that we love Him doesn’t mean He doesn’t want or need us to say it. Andrew Wommack
When Jesus restored Peter in front of the others, He also instructed him to move forward. In other words, don’t wallow in your failure. You’re forgiven, restored, and commissioned as a servant/leader.
Scriptural ways to feed His lambs
- Help a brother or sister in need. 1 John 3:17-18
- Never oppress the widow or the poor but be generous to the needy. It honors our Maker. Proverbs 14:31
- Be a father to the fatherless and protect the widows. Psalm 68:5
- Don’t condemn those in the world. John 3:17
- Judge righteously and defend the rights of the poor and needy. Proverbs 31:9
- Feed the hungry, give a drink to the thirsty, welcome strangers, clothe the naked, and visit those who are sick and in prison. Matthew 25:35-40
- Contribute to the needs of the saints and show hospitality. Romans 12:13
- Love our neighbors. Mark 12:31
- Bear one another’s burdens. Galatians 6:2
Jesus said, “Whatever you did to the least of these, so you did to Me.” (See Matthew 25:35-40 Voice)
MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on John Lesson 29 Day 3 ~ John 21:15-17