Scripture reading for May 3rd: John 21, Psalm 89, Proverbs 27
Key Scriptures: John 21:17-19 “He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” and he said to Him, “Lord, You know everything; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” “This He said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this He said to him, “Follow Me.””
Jesus lovingly restored Peter after his three denials after Jesus’ arrest by asking him three times if he loved Him. Jesus used this occasion to also reveal that Peter would suffer a death as a martyr. After the loving restoration and plain revelation of future suffering, Jesus still invited Peter to demonstrate his love by following Him. Tradition says Peter was also crucified, but at his own insistence, upside down because he did not feel worthy to die as His Lord did.
Faith Confession: Lord Jesus, I say along with Peter, Lord I love You. Lord, You do know all things. Help me to follow You in faith all the days of this life and to demonstrate my love through obedience.
Proverbs 27:1 “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.”