Do You Love Me, Do You? John 21:9-21 Part 1

Last week, we examined Jesus’ encounter with His seven disciples, an account that was documented for us in the 21st chapter of the book of John. One of our core values, actually the first core value, is to love God wholeheartedly, and today’s passage will address this emphatically. Peter had denied Jesus as foretold, and now Jesus was going to confront him, not to condemn him but rather to restore and recommission him for the tasks ahead. One of the crucial questions that Jesus posed to Peter was, “Peter, do you love me?”

Many sermons have been preached about this and today I’ll invite you to lend an ear to Reverend Julio ‘s closer look at this passage.

The Passage: John 21:9-21

When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn.12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Jesus and Peter

15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?”and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep

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