John 21:15-19 “So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, 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.”
Jesus asked Peter three (3) times if he love Him, remember Peter denied Jesus three (3) times and Jesus now, after His resurrection was gently bringing Peter back. Jesus knew Peter loved Him but Peter needed reassurance that Jesus still trusted him, because Peter was devastated! Peter was confident and bold when he told Jesus that he would even die for Jesus if it came to that. Then, just as Jesus told him, Peter denied him at a time when it really came down to doing what he said. So Peter now was not as sure of himself and was ashamed of his failure to keep his word. Jesus does that to us, when we fail Him, he gently brings us back and maintains His confidence in us. It’s up to us to trust in the Lord and return to the mission He has prepared for us. I love this story, because it gives me assurance that Jesus loves me and cares for me as much as He does Peter. That’s how God loves us!