by Claude Thomas

Text:John 21:15-17

Unifying Theme:Love for the person, Jesus

Summary Statement of Text:
Jesus asked Peter whether or not he actually loved Him.

A critical question that each Christian must answer is, "Do I truly love the person of Jesus?"

Major Obejctive:Devotional

Specific Objective:
For the hearers to face fully and answer honestly, "Do I love Jesus?"


Some questions are of the striking, stunning, sobering type. Jesus asked Peter such a question.
Peter, Jesus, and other disciples had eaten breakfast by the sea of Tiberias. After breakfast, Jesus
turned to Peter and asked, "Do you love me?" The question was not concerning Peter's lvoe for the
Kingdom of God or the people of God. The question concentrated on one major concern, "Peter, do
you lvoe me?"
Observe the question. It is simple. "Do you love me?" It is direct. Jesus went to the heart of
the matter. All of the burden of Peter's past, present, and future relationship with Jesus was
concentrated in that simple, direct question, "Do you love me?"
What if the Lord should meet you today and ask, "Do you lvoe me?" Imagine ... He has found
you quiet and alone. He is standing before you. Think of Him reaching out to touch you with that
gentle touch. Then -- oh, so directly -- He asks, "Do you love me?"
That question is being addresed to you today. let it come to you as from Jesus. Forget it
comes from the lips of your pastor or leaps from the letters of your Bible. For these moments let the
words come to you from Jesus. Jesus asks you, "Do you lvoe me?"

It is an appropriate question because of ...

I. The Possibility of Love's Absence

Appropriate Question to be put to the Professional:

Explanation of the Text
Peter was a professional. He had been called to be an apostle. He announced that he would
forsake all to follow Jesus. He was to be known as the chief ...

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