Je­sus and Peter

Manila Bulletin - - Views • Features - SOURCE: “365 Days with the Lord 2018,” ST. PAULS Philip­pines, 7708 St. Paul Rd., SAV, Makati City (Phils.); Tel.: 895-9701; Fax 895-7328; E-mail: books@stpauls.ph; Web­site: http://www.stpauls.ph.

JOHN 21:15-19

AF­TER Je­sus had re­vealed him­self to his dis­ci­ples and eaten break­fast with them, he 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 then 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 dis­tressed that he had said to him a 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. Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress your­self and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and some­one else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” He said this sig­ni­fy­ing by what kind of death he would glo­rify God. And when he had said this, he said to him, “Fol­low me.”

RE­FLEC­TION

FOL­LOW ME. Je­sus says this to Peter to con­clude his con­ver­sa­tion with him. Has Peter not been fol­low­ing Je­sus? Je­sus must mean some­thing dif­fer­ent now af­ter Peter three times as­sures Je­sus of his love for him and for his flock. Je­sus does not have to check on Peter’s loy­alty, but to give him an op­por­tu­nity to ar­tic­u­late his best be­fore giv­ing him a new as­sign­ment. Je­sus is al­ways think­ing ahead. Peter must up­grade his vi­sion and goals to be able to put up with Je­sus. Peter is talk­ing no longer to an or­di­nary man who was made to suf­fer and die, but to the Lord who is risen. Things should be dif­fer­ent now af­ter the res­ur­rec­tion.

To fol­low Christ means that Peter will un­dergo his own pas­sion, death, and res­ur­rec­tion. As a fol­lower of the Risen Lord, Peter will ex­ert more ef­fort. He will serve Je­sus’ flock as a leader, a provider, and a mar­tyr. He will lay down his life for the flock.

Fol­low­ing Christ is al­low­ing one­self to be led by Je­sus and open­ing one­self to God’s grand plan of sal­va­tion. Peter will nour­ish a great many peo­ple by his preach­ing. His shar­ing will be based on his first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence with Je­sus since he started his min­istry. His words will come straight from his heart and from his mem­o­ries, and he will die like Christ cru­ci­fied.

How are you do­ing as a fol­lower of Christ?

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