Scripture--John 19-John 21
Observation—I still love that the women were the first evangelists—but maybe that’s just me! But in this section, I love the picture of Jesus and the disciples on the beach. They spent a morning together. They cooked together, and then Jesus had finish things with Peter. One of the things I most appreciate that my mother has taught me is that when you’ve had a disagreement you end it with a conversation. I remember when I’d be in trouble or we would get mad at each other, we would still all have a ending conversation. It would be something like, “Emily, this is why you hurt me/disappointed me/got yourself in trouble. Since it did happen your punishment is _____. We will need to take the following steps to assure that it doesn’t happen any more. No matter what you do, I will always love you, I just need you to do better.” I imagined my mom and those conversations as Jesus asked, “Peter do you love me?” Just like Peter denied Jesus three times, Jesus now asked Peter to proclaim his love three times. But it was more than just saying the words that Peter loved him. Jesus asked him to show his love—to love his people (“sheep”).
Application—This always reminds me that if I say I love Jesus with my mouth, I must love him with my actions. I pray that we all can live up to the task!
Prayer—Jesus, we love you. Help us to feed your sheep, tend your lambs, and love your people as you love us. In thy name we pray—Amen!