“Do you love Me?”
Scripture reading for November 19th: John 21
Key Scriptures: John 21:15-17 “When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said, “Feed My lambs.” He said to Him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord, You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.” He said to him a third time, Simon, son of John, 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.””
Before Jesus’ crucifixion, Peter had pledged that he loved Jesus and was willing to go with Him to prison and death. (Luke 22:33-34) After Jesus was arrested, Peter denied Jesus three times as Jesus had prophetically announced. Peter had failed the Lord and he had wept bitterly. After the resurrection of Jesus, in His third appearance to His disciples, Jesus singled out Peter to purposely draw out his love and commission him to do the work of ministry that He had called him to. He had returned to fishing, but Jesus had called him to fish for men and pastor those who would believe on Him. These searching questions concerning our love for Jesus and His call speak to us today. Even when our faith falters, Jesus is praying for us and is willing and able to restore us. Confess your love and willingness today.
Luke 22:31-32 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”
Faith confession and prayer: Father God, thank You for this record of Jesus seeking out Peter to draw out his love and devotion in the face of failure. Help me today to stay strong even when I feel that I have failed You and not fulfilled my devotion or commitments. Confront me and draw me and I will run after You. Yes, Lord, I love and follow You and will care for Your sheep.
John 21:18-19 “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 this He said to him, “Follow Me.””