Friday, 25 May 2012
25th May 2012 John 21:15-19
Jesus Reinstates Peter
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”. “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”. Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”. 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. Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”
How would you cope with hearing that in the future you will be lead where you don't want to go?
Would you stand by your faith of you knew it would cause you pain?
What would you do if your beliefs were leading you into trouble?
I can't guarantee that I'd accept it, I have no idea how well I'd cope. It puts Peter's amazing faith into context.
Jesus we ask for just some of Peter's strength and resolve in our own lives, let us do your will. Amen.