"Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will." "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times." Matthew 26:33-34
How many times has someone told you that they had your back? How many times has someone vowed to be in your corner, and to support you to the very end? Peter was in a tough position. He wanted; I believe to be there for Jesus. He wanted to show the Master that he was a true disciple. He wanted to show that he was fearless, and ready to stand for God’s Son. He stated that, after every one was gone, that he would still be there. Well, he was not. Times got tight, things got a little hairy, and the heat was turned up! Those who were after Jesus knew that Peter was on the team. They called Peter out, and given the opportunity to stand up, he sat quietly in denial. The good news is that Jesus is always there to restore. The good news is that Jesus was willing to give Peter another chance, just like he is willing to give one to you and to me. "When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my lambs." Again Jesus said, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me?"
He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you."
Jesus said, "Take care of my sheep." The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?"
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my sheep. John 21:15-17 Now the scriptures above represent nothing that you and I probably haven’t heard, seen, or felt every day. However, those scriptures, as all scriptures, should give us cause to look at ourselves, and see where/how we measure up. Do we truly have Jesus’ back? Do we offer the spirit of reconciliation to people who disappoint us? Have you turned your back on Jesus the way that Peter has? Do you love Jesus? Have you fed his sheep today? Have you shown His sheep that there is nothing more important, more Godly, than to reconcile with your brother or sister? Ultimately, someone will disappoint you. Someone will abandon you when you need them the most. Someone will run away from you when you need them. Forgive. Restore. He did it for you, do it for someone else…
Father, we are grateful for your love. We are grateful for your grace and mercy. We are grateful for your unmerited favor. Lord we thank you most of all for the forgiveness of sins. We thank you for seeing beyond what we do, and loving us in spite of what we are. We thank you for feeding us, and giving us the opportunity to feed your sheep. We pray thy blessing day by day. In Jesus' name: Amen.