John 21:15-19 Jesus reinstates Peter

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A WORD IN YOUR EAR 

John 21:15-19 Jesus reinstates Peter

15 After breakfast, Yeshua (Jesus), said to Shim‘on Kefa, (Peter),Shim‘on Bar-Yochanan, (Simon, son of John), do you love (agape) me more than these?” 

He replied, “Yes, Lord, you know I’m your friend, (phileo).” 

16a). He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 

Here, the word Jesus used in His question is the word for the highest form of love which is ‘agape’.

Peter answers with an honest and lower form of friendship, ‘phileo’. He had learned his lesson from when he boasted that he would never deny Jesus! He had changed from when he contradicted Jesus that he would die before denying Him. But Jesus was right all along, that he would deny Jesus three times before the cock crowed.

In reply, Jesus now responded at the beach BBQ to Peter, ‘Graze my lambs’. (ie ‘teach the spiritual children.’)

16b). A second time he said to him, “Shim‘on Bar-Yochanan, (Simon, son of John), do you love (agape) me?” 

He replied, “Yes, Lord, you know I’m your friend, (phileo).” 

He said to him, “Shepherd my sheep.” 

By repeating the question, Jesus is saying, ‘your reply is not what I asked you. Do you AGAPE Me.’ 

Peter replied, ‘You KNOW I’m your friend (the correct translation for the Greek word of Phileo which Jesus used).’

Jesus replied was like saying the equivalent of ‘Lead My followers’. Jesus’ answer recognized Peter’s honesty. He was promoted now to leading Jesus’ followers. 

17. The third time he said to him, “Shim‘on Bar-Yochanan, (Simon, son of John), are you my friend, (phileo)?” 

Shim‘on (Simon), was hurt that he questioned him a third time: “Are you my friend?” So he replied, “Lord, you know everything! You know I’m your friend!” 

Yeshua, (Jesus), said to him, “Feed my sheep! 

Now Jesus came down to the level which Peter owned up to, in his newfound honesty.  

Jesus said ‘Are you my PHILEO (friend)?’

Peter already knew the truth of Peter’s heart, and Peter humbly replied, “You KNOW EVERYTHING! You KNOW I am your PHILEO, (friend)!”

Jesus came down to the level which Peter had accepted was a truthful description of himself and accepted Peter’s answer as Jesus knew that where people are honest, the Holy Spirit can take people to where they need to be. They just have to be  honest.

The response by Jesus is another promotion… ‘Feed my sheep’, which means to teach mature disciples. 

Peter had been honest. There was no more boasting. Jesus looked at the heart. Peter was uneducated but authorized to be a teacher of mature disciples (sheep this time – not the lambs mentioned previously). To do that all that as needed was the Holy Spirit came, which they were all told to wait for. He would direct Peter now his heart was right. 

18 Yes, indeed! I tell you, when you were younger, you put on your clothes and went where you wanted. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” 

Jesus knew the future. At first, Peter may not have been ready to die for Jesus – when Jesus was trial for His life – but Jesus knew that that would all change when he had the Holy Spirit. 

19 He said this to indicate the kind of death by which Kefa, (Peter), would bring glory to God. Then Yeshua (Jesus) said to him, “Follow me!

Peter did indeed change from boasting to becoming a new much humbler version of himself and ended up being crucified upside down. This ‘new’ humbler Peter was enough for Jesus, who reinstated him to a leadership position. 

—-Summary

Note the different words Jesus used in the original Greek. They were wrongly translated as ALL meaning, ‘LOVE’, which is entirely wrong. That takes away from the lesson to be learned from the passage. Only Agape means ‘LOVE’. The Complete Jewish Bible and JB Phillips translate the Greek word of PHILEO, correctly, by translating it as ‘friend’ – and not as ‘love.’ 

  • Today’s Verse… Who is Jesus? 

19 He said this to indicate the kind of death by which Kefa, (Peter), would bring glory to God. Then Yeshua (Jesus) said to him, “Follow me!”

Martyred is still increasing… This story is from a March 2022 edition of “My Christian Daily” …

  • Today’s Challenge

16b). A second time he said to him, “Shim‘on Bar-Yochanan, (Simon, son of John), do you love (agape) me?” 

Cf.  In Mark 14:66-72 Peter had denied Jesus 3 times… 

Jesus asks Peter twice if he ‘Agapes’ Him, and once if he ‘Phileos’ Him; (ie if Peter is a real friend)?  

The point is not lost on Peter here in John 21 as he weeps.

Notice the new humility of Peter. He is no longer bragging. He no longer pretends he can outdo other disciples. One interesting thing about the Jewish culture is that weeping shows that the humanity of the person in his insides, is still alive. (Cf that with the English who see it as a weakness.)

What truthful answer would you be able to give Jesus, if He asked you the same question?  (Realising He already knows all of the truth, anyway!)

Prayer, Praise and Worship

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).

Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Prayer suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

Pray along with this hymn… “Look & Live…” at this link…

2nd reading John 21:15-19 Jesus reinstates Peter (JB Phillips)

1). Jesus knows the heart…

a).  Peter questioned the 1st time…

15 When they had finished breakfast Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these others?” “Yes, Lord,” he replied, “you know that I am your friend.”

16 “Then feed my lambs,” returned Jesus. 

b). Peter questioned the 2nd time…

Then he said for the second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” returned Peter. “You know that I am your friend.”

17 “Then care for my sheep,” replied Jesus. 

c). Peter questioned the 3rd time…

Then for the third time, Jesus spoke to him and said, “Simon, son of John, are you my friend?” Peter was deeply hurt because Jesus’ third question to him was “Are you my friend?”, and he said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I am your friend!”

18 “Then feed my sheep,” Jesus said to him. 

2). Jesus knows the future…

“I tell you truly, Peter, that when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you liked, but when you are an old man, you are going to stretch out your hands and someone else will dress you and take you where you do not want to go.”

19 (He said this to show the kind of death—by crucifixion—by which Peter was going to honour God.) 

3). Jesus gets to the point with a challenge…

Then Jesus said to him, “You must follow me.”

‘Breathe on me, Breath of God…’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5keJHZdWYM

  • Breathe on me, Breath of God,
    Fill me with life anew,
    That I may love what Thou dost love,
    And do what Thou wouldst do.
  • Breathe on me, Breath of God,
    Until my heart is pure,
    Until with Thee I will one will,
    To do and to endure.
  • Breathe on me, Breath of God,
    Till I am wholly Thine,
    Until this earthly part of me
    Glows with Thy fire divine.
  • Breathe on me, Breath of God,
    So shall I never die,
    But live with Thee the perfect life
    Of Thine eternity.

This is our God, the Servant King…

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