DO YOU LOVE ME? (JN 21, PS 37)
We made it to the last chapter of John and so much has happened, but as John concludes we are told that this is only a glimpse of the acts Jesus did on earth and “if every one of them were written down, I suppose not even the world itself could contain the books that would be written” (v.25). For our passage today we look at Jesus’s interaction with Peter.
He asked him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved that he asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” “Feed my sheep,” Jesus said. - John 21:17
Matt Carter in his sermon, Follow Me, states, “No disciple took greater comfort in his own work, effort, and moral standing than Peter. Nothing he said lacked confidence. There was little doubt in his mind he could do whatever he set his mind to… Peter needed to be broken, but he also needed to be restored, That’s exactly what Jesus does. In many ways he recreates the scene of Peter’s denial (John 13) to remind Peter that his life can’t be built on human morality; it must be founded on divine mercy… His mercy is our comfort. When we fail - and we will fail - his mercy will restore us.” On the back end of Christ resurrections it is imperative for the believer and the nonbeliever to see the mercy offered to us in Christ Jesus. There is no need to stand on our own and portray ourselves as the most righteous person. It is best that we, like Peter, be grieved at our own sin and fall underneath the mercy of God. In Richard Sibbs book The Bruised Reed he gives us this encouragement: “ Mercy does not rob us of our right judgement. None will claim mercy more than those who deserve due severity, but… There is more mercy in Christ than sin in us”. Our future does not have to be determined by our failures, if we would fall beneath the Savior’s mercy. With this truth in mind, we can know that even in our imperfection, Jesus loves us and has shown us his mercy. May the lyrics of His Mercy is More be a great reminder of this.
What love could remember no wrongs we have done Omniscient, all-knowing, He counts not their sum Thrown into a sea without bottom or shore Our sins they are many, His mercy is more Praise the Lord! His mercy is more Stronger than darkness New every morn’ Our sins they are many, His mercy is more.
A person’s steps are established by the LORD, and he takes pleasure in his way. Though he falls he will not be overwhelmed, because the LORD supports him with his hand- Psalm 37:23-24