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Week 40 Day 7
P.S. Just one more story
This is a story on Peter's turf and for Peter's benefit
The important question to Peter is
"Do you love me?"
that's the summary
of the great commandment
to love God with all your heart, mind, soul
then "Feed my lambs"
that's the part about
loving your neighbor as yourself
The subject is not Peter's past sin and failure
his remorse and shame
his bewilderment over how
he could have denied knowing Jesus
Simply--Do you love me? Yes, I do. I do.
Three times--a reminder of the denial
They were both thinking the same thing
without actually mentioning it
Peter was deeply hurt
There was nothing he could do
to change the past
sorry doesn't help
Do you love me?
Then focus on what I have for you to do
get busy doing it
I need you to get this mission
off the ground
Feed my sheep
Be a good shepherd for my people Israel
leading them to
the eternal spring
the bread of life
the light of the world
and telling them the story of their Father's love.
Leave the failures and hurts of the past;
you're going forward now.
1Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples in this way:
2Simon Peter, Thomas, Nathanael, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. 3Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They said, "We are going with you."
They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that
night they caught nothing. 4When the morning had come,
Jesus stood on the shore; yet they did not know that it was
Jesus. 5Jesus said to them, "Children, have you any food?"
They answered Him, "No." 6He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.
7Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter,
"It is the Lord!" When Peter heard that, he put on his outer
garment and plunged into the sea. 8The other disciples came
in the boat, dragging the net with fish. 9As soon as they had
come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it,
and bread. 12Jesus said to them, "Come and eat breakfast."
Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, "Who are You?",
knowing that it was the Lord. 13Jesus then came and took
the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish.
15When they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon
Peter, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than
these?" Peter said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love
You." He said to him, "Feed My lambs."
16Jesus said to him again a second time, "Simon, son of
Jonah, do you love Me?" Peter said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You
know that I love You." He said to him, "Tend My sheep."
17Jesus said to him the third time, "Simon, son of Jonah,
do you love Me?" Peter was grieved because He said it to him the third time. And he said, "Lord, You know all things. You know that I love You." Jesus said to him, "Feed My sheep.
18"Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger,
you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will
gird you and carry you where you do not wish." This signified
by what death Peter would glorify God. 19When Jesus had spoken this, He said to him, "Follow Me." This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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