by John Barnett

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Peter-Do You Love Me? (6 of 10)
Series: The Gospel of the New Beginning
John Barnett
John 21

''Peter, Do you love Me?''

Have you ever answered the question Jesus asked three times to Peter? It was directed to Peter that morning two thousand years ago, but it is also directed to us each day we live.


Spoken to Peter, heard by the other disciples, recorded forever in God's Word-those are the words of Christ we need to examine this morning. They are found in John 21:16. Please turn there with me.

If we will watch and listen closely, John 21 can become a school with Jesus Christ Himself as our instructor, training us in loving Him with all our hearts and lives.

Christ's final lesson focused on just one area of Peter's life-LOVE.

The question was pointed, focused, and simple: ''Peter do you love Me?''

Jesus had simplified the life of His disciples seven chapters earlier, on the way to Gethsemane. He had uttered those priceless words explaining that if they loved Him they would obey Him.

Do you remember His final words about love in John 14? Let me remind you of them again.

John 14:21 ''He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.''

That is why Jesus asks, ''Peter do you love Me?'' In fact, if you think about it carefully, Jesus is asking all of us the same question each day. He watches us toiling through life and reaches down and whispers in our ears, ''Do you LOVE ME?''

Jesus says if you have and keep my words (commands) then you love Me and you will get the full access to all that God wants to be in your life.

After Christ's ascension to Heaven, He sends a letter through John the last Apostle as recorded in Revelation 2-3. It is in that first letter to the Church at Ephesus then (and us today) Jesus asked the believers why they had cooled in their love for Him.

Jesus is asking, why ha ...

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