Romania Devotional- Day 38
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?