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. 




                             PETER'S RESTORATION

               Leave the failures and hurts of the past; 

                             you're going forward now.

                                            John 21


    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
You know that I love You."  Jesus said to him,
"Feed My

    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
this, He said to him, "Follow Me."
          This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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