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Jesus Talks With Peter....December 27

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JOHN 21:15-19

Do You Love Me?

15 After breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" "Yes, Master, you know I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my lambs."
16 He then asked a second time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" "Yes, Master, you know I love you." Jesus said, "Shepherd my sheep."
17 Then he said it a third time: "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was upset that he asked for the third time, "Do you love me?" so he answered, "Master, you know everything there is to know. You've got to know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my sheep.
18 I'm telling you the very truth now: When you were young you dressed yourself and went wherever you wished, but when you get old you'll have to stretch out your hands while someone else dresses you and takes you where you don't want to go."
19 He said this to hint at the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. And then he commanded, "Follow me."

Kate's Notes:  (One Year With Jesus)....This was a prediction of Peter's death by crucifixion. Tradition indicates that Peter was crucified for his faith-upside down because he did not fell worthy of dying as his Lord had died. Despite the future, Jesus told Peter to follow Him.


      Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Him. The first time Jesus said, " Do you love (Greek agape: volitional, self-sacrificial love) Me more than these others?" The second time, Jesus focused on Peter alone and still used the greek word agape. The third time, Jesus used the Greek word phileo (signifying affection, affinity, or brotherly love) and asked, in effect, "Are you even my friend?" Each time Peter responded with the Greek word phileo. Jesus doen't settle for quick, superficial answers. He has a way of getting to the heart of the matter. Peter had toeven His friend? face his true feelings and motives when Jesus confronted him. How would you respond if Jesus asked you, "Do you love Me?" Do you really love Jeus? Are you 

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