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Monday, May 2, 2011

5/3/11 John 21:15

15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

(Peter Paul Rubens 1616)

Thoughts: What are the "these" here- that tempted Peter?  It probably was the food that they had just finished eating, or the fish- (and fishing profession) that he was dropping his nets for to follow Christ.  Jesus was asking him if he could leave his fishing profession to enter into the calling of a shepherd, a pastor.  As he had dropped his nets (Mt. 4:19, Lk. 5) to follow Christ, now he was dropping his nets to go into all the world feeding the sheep and spreading the good news.  Christ calls all of us to not love the world more than Him.  His constant question to us is, "Do you love me more than the things of this world?"  It is a call to walk by faith and not by sight.

Prayer: Help me to lvoe you, Lord with my hwole heart, sould, mind, and strength. 

John Calvin Abridged:  The Evangelist now relates how Peter was restored to the rank from which he had fallen.  He had been made an apostle along with Judas, but had abandoned his post. Peter was restored to give himself confidence, and so that the Gospel would not be despised.  The office of feeding is laborious and troublesome.  Those who are called to govern the Church are asked to love Christ.  For without the love of Christ, we can do nothing. 

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