“After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “You know I love You.” “Then feed My lambs,” Jesus told Him. Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love Me?”“Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “You know I love You.” “Then take care of My sheep,”Jesus said. A third time He asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love Me?”…. “Lord, You know everything. You know that I love You.” Jesus said, “Then feed My sheep.”
When Jesus met Peter again at the shore of Galilee, the place where Peter was first called, He questions Peter’s commitment and love for Him, not as a test, but more for Peter’s sake. Just as Peter had denied Jesus three times, here Jesus allows Peter to declare His love for Jesus three times. Each time Jesus affirms His confidence in Peter by commissioning Him to feed His flock.1 Jesus graciously restored Peter, forgiving him and later empowering him with the might and boldness given by the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.
Are there times in your life that you feel you have completely let God down? Perhaps a missed opportunity to speak up for Christ? Perhaps an action you did knowing it was wrong? Whatever it is, you can be forgiven and restored, just as Peter was. Peter truly did love Jesus, but was let down by his human weakness. Yet Jesus, didn’t let Peter wallow in his guilt, but rather restored him and reminded him of the calling he was first given. Jesus has a plan for each of our lives. Don’t let guilt and regret keep you from being who God made you to be. Be restored. Receive His love. And walk in the plan of who God called you to be!
1Extract taken from ‘Every’s Mans Bible commentary’ Pg 1428