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8th June 2022


Passion for Jesus

Peter’s great love & passion for Jesus was demonstrated when he recognised the risen Christ on the shoreline.
After sharing breakfast on the beach Jesus restores him by asking 3 loaded questions.
Each time the question is “do you love me?”. Each question is asked with intent & clear purpose.
Peter’s passion for Jesus was to be expressed through 3 aspects of his love for Jesus.
We will explore the first of these today – Supreme love.


So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?”
He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”
He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”
He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?”
He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”
He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”
He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?”
And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep. John 21:15-17


The context of the first enquiry of “do you love me?” is more than these.
We don’t know for sure what exactly the more than these refers to.
It could be the other disciples Peter is with or it could be Peter’s love & passion for fishing.
It likely includes the two. Jesus is seeking to get to the heart of the matter.
Who & what is first place in Peter’s heart?

Peter affirms that he loves Jesus & that Jesus already knows that.
Peter loved Jesus & was passionate & zealous but this had not been without it’s stumbling blocks (Mark 8:33; Luke 22:54-62).
Jesus is seeking to bring Peter to a place where his love will reliably put Jesus before all others.
A love that puts Jesus in first place & keeps Him there – supreme before all else.

Peter wants to know what about the other disciples, especially John.
Jesus clarifies that there is no room for comparison, competition or cloning in the Kingdom (John 21:20-23).
Peter is being restored, renewed & revived into supreme love for Jesus. Love for Jesus before all others & all things.
Like Peter we are to fix our eyes & hearts on Jesus FIRST.
To stay focused on what He is asking of us rather than others.
Jesus is to be the supreme object & focus of our love & passion too.
All other passions flowing out of our passion for Jesus.


For Reflection

  • Am I like Peter subject to distractions from people & things? How easily does this happen?
  • Is Jesus still truly my first love?
  • Meditate on what it means for Jesus to be the supreme object of your love.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Lord Jesus,
Bring full restoration, renewal & revival to my heart,
That it may love You supremely before all others & before all things.
Holy Spirit keep reviving my heart & filling it with love for Christ,
Keep me focussed on Him above all else.
May my actions flow from & truly reflect my affections.
This I ask in, & through, Your mighty Name.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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