Unremitting Joy – 38

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.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my lambs.’  A second time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Tend my sheep.’  He said to him the third time, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ And he said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep.

John 21:15-17

Feed my Lambs

Three times Peter denied Jesus, now Jesus three times tell Peter to care for those who are to become Jesus’ followers.

Jesus does nothing by halves, he doesn’t just tell Peter that he has forgiven him, that he understands why he did what he did, he goes further and shows Peter despite the past he still trusts him, still has a place for him, and that place is no less than it ever was.  Jesus illustrates to Peter what he had previously told the disciples, don’t just forgive, forgive to the uttermost.

Then Peter came and said to him, ‘Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.

Matthew 18:21-22

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