Jesus reminded Peter of the three times he denied Him, but He also reminded Peter that he was chosen for a purpose.
Read: 2 Samuel 19:11-20:13, John 21:1-25, Psalm 120:1-7 & Proverbs 16:16-17
When Jesus told Peter he would deny Him three times, Peter must have been thinking, “No way!” But it turned out exactly like Jesus predicted. And Peter was overwhelmed with guilt.
Flash forward to John 21. Jesus is alive, and he has some marching orders for His disciples—Peter in particular.
Jesus shows up on the bank of the Sea of Tiberias while several disciples are out fishing. He asks Peter three different times, “Do you love me?” Peter responds each time, “You know I love you Lord.” But after each of Peter’s responses, Jesus gives him instructions:
- Feed my lambs. (verse 15)
- Take care of my sheep. (verse 16)
- Feed my sheep. (verse 17)
Jesus was reminding Peter of the three times he denied Him, but He also was reminding Peter that he was chosen for a purpose. Jesus' followers were His flock, and despite Peter’s sin Jesus was entrusting him with the church.
We sometimes forget we are part of the same mission entrusted to Peter more than 2,000 years ago—to lovingly build and care for His church. What can you do today to further Jesus’ mission?