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Thursday, November 4, 2021

12 Jesus said, “Breakfast is ready.” Not one of the disciples dared ask, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Master.

13-14 Jesus then took the bread and gave it to them. He did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus had shown himself alive to the disciples since being raised from the dead.

Do You Love Me?

15 After breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Master, you know I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

16 He then asked a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”

“Yes, Master, you know I love you.”

Jesus said, “Shepherd my sheep.”

-John 21:12-16 The Message

Jesus Provides

Verse 12: Jesus *said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples ventured to inquire of Him, “Who are You?” knowing that it was the Lord.

Verse 13: Jesus *came, and *took the bread and *gave it to them, and the fish likewise.

Verse 14: This was now the third time that Jesus revealed Himself to the disciples after He was raised from the dead.

The Love Question

Verse 15: Now, 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, “Tend My lambs.”

Verse 16: He * repeated 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.” Finally, he *said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.”

Verses 15-17 studies: This is a conversation at the beach where Jesus led Peter through an experience that removed the cloud of his denial. Jesus asked three times, “Peter, do you love me?” Peter said yes, then Jesus told Peter to feed his sheep. Anybody can say that you love Jesus, but it is about the willingness to serve him. Peter repented, and Jesus asked him to commit his life. Peter’s life changed when he realized who Jesus was. His occupation changed from fisherman to evangelist; his identity changed from careless to rock, and his relationship with Jesus changed. He was forgiven and finally understood the importance of Jesus’ words about his death and resurrection. The first time Jesus asked, “do you love me,” was in greek.

Agape: volitional, self-sacrificial love. The second time, Jesus did the same thing and focused on agape in translation. The third time, Jesus used the Greek translation phileo. Finally, Jesus asked Peter, “are you, my friend?” Peter responded in Greek as phileo. Quick answers do not satisfy Jesus; he has a way of getting into the heart of the issue. Peter had to face the music about his true feelings and motives when Jesus confronted him. What’s your response if Jesus asked you, “do you love me?” Do you really love him? “Are you even my friend?”

Father, if you ask me if I love you, the answer would be yes. Am I your friend? The answer to that is I make too many mistakes to be your friend. I can’t lie when I say I wouldn’t betray you because there have been many situations where I have. Can I be a better person? I can be if I stop being stubborn. Father, let this serve as a reminder that we can only be faithful to you, but you always stay loyal to us. I can’t say thank you enough because I struggle to follow you. Thank you for listening. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Author: Darren Watts

My name is Darren. I started sharing devotions in June 2019. As one of the ministry leaders at my church. One reason why I started devotions is because of the lack of inspiration and motivation in our lives. It is hard to be encouraged with a lot of negativity going around. I invite you to be encouraged by the word of God. Our struggles can be personal, at the workplace, and the lack of community in our lives. When we go through hard times, we need the word of God. Please read them and be encouraged. I also started a podcast talking about racism and discrimination. Please take a moment to check that out as well. Afternoon Coffee Break with Darren Watts.

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