For the third time Jesus appeared to his guys. y were not all present, but 7 of them decided to go fishing. After the obvious surprise and initial pleasantries, Jesus and Peter had a very important matter to attend to—Peter’s restoration. Peter’s denials were weighing heavily upon him. He had failed and no one else would understand. No one, that is, but Jesus. Jesus carefully took Peter aside, he then had Peter reaffirm his faith three times just as Peter had denied him.
The reaffirmation was not for Jesus’ sake, it was for Peter. Peter needed to know that the Lord still loved him and still believed in him. So Jesus took the time to restore him and re challenge him to lead the ministry Jesus started. Now Peter could be bold again and walk freely into the world to face the challenges that were ahead.
Jesus wants to restore us as well. We each face failures in our lives. Each specific to us and each restorable by the hand of our Lord. He forgives completely and restores us to the place we were when we first believed. If we allow him to we can be free from the entanglements of our past and our areas we never seem to be able to overcome on our own. We simply need to diligently seek him and allow him to restore us as he did Peter.
God Bless You
After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?[e]”
“Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.”
“Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.
16 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.
17 A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.
18 “I tell you the truth, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others[f] will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to let him know by what kind of death he would glorify God. Then Jesus told him, “Follow me.”