Romania Devotions Day 38

Romania Devotional- Day 38




John 21:1-25

Featured Verse:

John 21:17

The third time He said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 

Peter was one of the men that stood out in the group of twelve disciples. He was described as a “hot head” with a “look at me” attitude by some assessments. Peter’s actions pointed out that he was a little different than the rest of the group. He told Jesus “No, you shall never wash my feet.” He followed that up by saying, “I will lay down my life for you.” (John 13:8, 37-38). Then Jesus predicted Peter’s three denials which happened right after the incident with the sword in the garden (John 18). Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him three times because that coincided with Peter’s three denials.  He used Peter’s given name, Simon which was odd because Jesus had changed Peter’s name in the first place (John 1:42). Jesus was reminding him that Simon was Peter’s identity before knowing God, and now his identity was that of Peter who intimately knew God. The explanation is in a different gospel, the gospel of Matthew. Jesus said to Simon Peter “... you are Peter (the meaning of the name Peter is rock) and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” (Matthew 16:18). Jesus was not only fully restoring Peter’s faith, but He was reminding him that there was great purpose for his life.

The disciples became successful in their fishing efforts as soon as they had 'divine guidance'; when has this happened in your life?

When Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him three different times, it undoubtedly reminded Peter of his three denials. When has Jesus restored you by causing you to squarely face your point of failure, and then challenged you to set your eyes on the work ahead?

2 thoughts on “Romania Devotions Day 38

  1. I like that Peter got a chance to redeem himself for his three denials by declaring his love for Jesus three times. Before I was unable to put the two events together but now its clear that by Jesus asking Peter this question three times its Peters second chance. I also really like how John ends the book that if everything Jesus did were recorded the world couldn’t hold all the books that would be written.

  2. I feel like so many times I am trying to do the right thing but just in the wrong way…maybe that is directly related to my *cough* controlling personality *cough*?! But it seems like as soon as I am getting frustrated and hitting that wall, God will be like ‘Hey, look, I am telling you to do it like this/in this timing/in this way…’ and then everything kind of clicks. I always have good intentions but sometimes God will give me a tiny piece of the puzzle and I run off all gung-ho thinking I have all the pieces there ever were and I’m going to complete the task faster than anyone in the history of history!! I’m thankful that God is so patient and always lends His Divine guidance when I am jumping the gun.

    The second question reminds me again of what Bryan always says ‘Beat the devil with the stick he thought he was going to break you with.’ I like how Jesus deals with Peter’s denials, and He does it in a way that almost boosts Peter’s confidence. Who knows, maybe Peter would have been hard on himself or held back in his ministry because of the guilt he felt at betraying Jesus? It’s like Jesus freed him from that, and empowered him at the same time. That is kind of true for a lot of things too. I usually need the most encouragement in the areas were I generally suck and mess up a lot too.

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