Num. 36:1 - Deut. 1:46
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The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?"
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love
me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you." 18
Jesus said, "Feed my sheep. I tell you the truth, when you were
younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you
are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress
you and lead you where you do not want to go." 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, "Follow me!"
the arrest and trial of Jesus, Peter had denied Jesus three times.
Now the resurrected Jesus asked Peter three times, "Do you love me?"
Each time Peter affirmed his love for Jesus, and Jesus said, "Take
care of my sheep."
Following Jesus requires a love
for him above all else, participation in his ministry, and a heart to
bring glory to God in life and in death.
Response and Action:
many times do I deny or fail Jesus in the trials and tasks of daily
life? For each and every time I do, I need to hear his voice asking,
"Do you love me?"
To love and follow Jesus, I must
deny self. Jesus said, "Whoever finds his life will lose it, but
whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." (Matt. 10:39) To
love and follow Jesus, I must share in his ministry -- "Feed, care
for, and shepherd his sheep."
To love and follow
Jesus, I must share in his suffering ("when you are old you will
stretch out your hands") and face things that are beyond my choice
and control, and yet give glory to God. As the Apostle Paul said,
"whether by life or by death, may Christ be exalted in my body"
day, O God, help me to love you more than all else. Help me to
serve and share in the saving work of Christ. In every circumstance,
every choice, every action, every temptation, and every trial, may I
hear Jesus voice asking, "Do you love me more than these?" In every
case, give me the grace to say "Yes, Lord, you know I love you," so
that in life and even death I give you praise. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses:
29b " 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' 31 The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."
Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Discipleship
by N.T. Wright