The Art Of Serving
I want you to take your bibles please and turn uh, to the gospel of John and turn please to John chapter twenty one and we're going to look at a very interesting question. John chapter twenty one. We begin reading in verse fifteen. "So when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, yea, Lord; thou knowest: that I love thee. He saith unto him, feed my lambs. He saith unto him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him yea, thou knowest that Ilove thee. He saith unto him, feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time lovest thou me? And he said unto him lord thou knowest all things, thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him feed my sheep. Verily, verily I say -unto thee, when thou wast young, thou girdest thyself and walkest whither thou wouldest but when thou shalt be old, thod shalt stretch forth thine hands or thy hands and another shall gird thee and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this he saith unto him, follow me." THE SECRET OF SERVICE. I want to give you some background for the passage of scripture that I just read to you. Bloody Calvary is only a few days old. Simon Peter has cursed, he has sworned, three times he has denied that he's even known the Lord. He's gone out to weep bitterly. Now, the disciples have heard that Jesus Christ is alive, but he's been risen from the dead. The disciples are in a fog as it were. They are half believing and half doubting. They don't know whether they can believe it or not. These disciples are restless. They're perplexed. They are disturbed. They had been told by the Savior to wait in Jerusalem until they were induced with power from on high, but in disobedience and out of the will ...
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