Lovest Thou Me?

So when they had dined, Jesus saith 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 to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?  He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love 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 sad 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.

John 21:15-17

This must have been one of the hardest conversations of Simon Peter’s life.  He had betrayed the Lord three times before His crucifixion.  He immediately repented and was thrilled later to see his risen Lord.  Now, the Lord Jesus is there in front of him, asking him “lovest thou me?”  Peter answered that he did indeed love the Lord.  He even said that “thou knowest that I love thee.”  Then Jesus asked again.  And again.  The third time, “Peter was grieved…”

I don’t know if he was grieved because answering that same question for the third time reminded him of the awful night in which he denied the Lord three times.  He may have been grieved because he thought that Jesus didn’t think that he loved him.  I don’t know why he was grieved, but he was.

The questions for today are these: if He were standing before us, would He have to ask us if we loved Him three times?  Have we given Him reason to doubt our love for Him?  And the most important question: “lovest thou me?”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: