Today's verse is John 21:15: "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.' My child, during this third resurrection appearance by the Sea of Tiberias, it was now time for me to deal with Peter's heart. He had denied me three times. Now I wanted to reaffirm my love for him, heal his guilt and reinstate my call upon his life.
Therefore, after breakfast, I turned to Simon Peter and asked him, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" Notice I addressed him as "Simon, son of John." I referred to him by his name before I had changed it to Peter. In his denial, he had behaved like he did before he met me. I needed to do surgery on his guilt-filled heart. There was purpose in me calling him "Simon, son of John."
The "these" in my question to Simon Peter was addressing several possibilities before Peter. First, I wanted to know if he loved me more than his fishing prowess. After his denials, he had returned to his fishing business, the familiar, what he knew he did well. But if he was going to follow me, he had to love me more than his natural talents.
The "these" was also addressing the other disciples. Peter held a primary position among all the others. He was the first to recognize me as the Christ, the Son of the living God. He was often the disciples' primary spokesperson. I had a special calling upon his life to help lead my church and the other disciples. I was asking him if he loved me more than the other disciples, who were also gathered around me that day.
Peter immediately responded, "Yes, you know that I love you." He reaffirms his love and devotion to me. It's a good first step for his restoration, one I will repeat to him and have him repeat to me two more times, as you will soon see.
Then I told him that if he truly loved me, he was to "Feed my lambs." I am the true shepherd. I am the one who oversees all my sheep everywhere. But Peter and my other apostles were to be subordinate shepherds. If Peter truly loved me, he would prove his love for me by loving my sheep, my people, and feeding them my truths in my Word.
My child, what I was saying to Peter, I now say to you: If you love me, you will obey my commandments. Peter's call was to be one of my shepherds in my church and teach my children all that I had commanded him and them to do. His obedience to this life purpose proved his love for me.
Do you obey me? Are you committed to obey all that I have commanded you to do? Do you know your life's purpose for me? Are you fulfilling your call for me?
Please know today how much I love you. Please today reaffirm your love for me. You do so by doing all that I have commanded you to do today.
You can trust me today.