DO YOU LOVE ME MORE THAN THESE? JOHN 21:15-17
It’s Easter period a time in which we celebrate the Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. For us Christian, it is a special time and it does hold a special place in our hearts, having great significance.
The faith and hope we have in God are all because Jesus died for our sins and He has risen from the dead. He led captivity captive, liberated men and gave eternal life to us. This great gift gives us the grace to have a better relationship with God our father.
After the fall of Man we needed a new start and new life, Jesus came to cement that new beginning. Reconciling man back to God.
For this reason, we call Jesus
“mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. Hebrews 12:24”.
And in Ephesians 2:14 “For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;”
On that fateful Good Friday when our Lord Jesus was crucified, it was as if nothing will work. All hope was lost until our Lord Jesus arose from the dead on the resurrection Sunday and showed Himself before them.
The first time was in John 21. Simon Peter the right-hand man of Jesus decided to go fishing since he was a man of high reputation among the disciples. The rest decided to join him. They worked that night and caught nothing. Jesus later appeared to them for the third time, at first they did not recognize him. John the beloved the disciple whom Jesus loved, recognized Him and said unto Peter. “It is the Lord.” John 21:7.
The disciples gathered together to have a wonderful time, and Jesus asked Peter a very simple question. Vs 15-17.
Peter Do You Love Me More Than This???
15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
God demonstrated His Love towards us for allowing His only begotten son to die for us John 3:16. This time around God around Jesus gave us the great commission, to spread His love to every corner of the world. This pure and undiluted agape love is spread through the gospel of Christ. John 16:15-18, Matthew 28:16-20.
Do You Love Me More Than This? Jesus asked that question because he wanted the His disciples to see and understand how important the great commission was. Jesus went to the cross; He has played His own part it is now our turn to do the same. Our command is to go into the world and preach the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Peter went fishing and the other disciples joined him, Jesus promised them that He would make them fishers of men and not of fishes.
Jesus asked Peter the same question three times, “Simon Son of Jonah, Loveth Me More Than These? Simon Peter replied and said Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee.
Jesus replied and said, “Feed my Lambs, and the last two answers were Feed my Sheep.”
Jesus needed to be sure of what Peter would do in His absence. If we really understand the message of Easter, then we will spread the good news of the gospel. Jesus was telling His disciples about the great commission. He gave us salvation and He expects us that have known the truth to shine His light to all corners of the world.
Easter is all about love, let us spread the love of Christ abroad. It is a season when the promise of the Holy Spirit and its era was made many years ago.
Nevertheless, I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
We are in the dispensation of grace. We are saved by grace, not by our works according to Ephesians 2:8-10.
We have the “THE BORN AGAIN EXPERIENCE: Ephesians 2:1-10.” But this experience we have encountered with Jesus should not be for ourselves alone. We must tell of His love and good news to everyone around us. The power of Christianity is Manifested in Jesus and the Hope of Heaven is found in Him. But our comforter is the Gift Jesus left for us. This gift is the person of the Holy Spirit. He gives power to Luke 24:49.
Finally, folks the command of the great commission is our goal and duty, Mark 16:15-18. We only need to believe, because the signs and wonders shall follow us.
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