Peter or Judas? (John 21)

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.” He said to him a second time, “ Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “ Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “ Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “ Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved 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.

What is the difference between Peter and Judas? They both betrayed Jesus… Peter just didn’t give up. Judas went into despair and didn’t believe in Jesus’ forgiveness. Peter, on the other hand, went out and wept bitterly, yet he received the Lord’s pardon. Three times Peter denied Jesus, and three times Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him. Jesus was telling Peter “I still have a job for you to do.” See, the point of loving Jesus, of being His disciple, is to feed His lambs, to tend His sheep, to feed his sheep. Do you feel like you’ve walked too far away from Jesus? You have not. Do you love Him? Then serve the church… He wants you to.

About John Harris

I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.

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