In a previous post, I started to write about an interesting discussion, but invariably I ended up writing about something else entirely different. I intend on following through with that
He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said 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.
I want to draw our attention to the response of Peter, for he was grieved. And this particularly was a matter to ponder. Peter on a human level was a close friend of Jesus, if any man knew Peter it was Jesus. Peter was also a disciple of Jesus, and as a master, Jesus knew Peter. Jesus beyond all that is also the Son of God, Peter got from row seats to this truth.
So you can imagine Peter being asked a question, what to his mind was the same question three times by a man who he thought knew him…who actually knew him. I realize that on a human level, there is something distressing when people you think know you, don’t seem to take you at your word and when they seem to doubt you.
And no, I do not think Jesus doubted Peter. He doesn’t need to. He knows Peter.
Something that equally caught my attention was how on every profession of love, there was the anchoring of responsibility.
Let me be plain, there is responsibility in love.
Any profession of love, that is devoid of a commensurate level of responsibility is to be questioned, for we must not only love in word but also In deed, for that is the coin of love.
Our pledge of love even whilst known and acceptable to the Lord must be practical and practicable. He is not satisfied with anything less. Thus we find the source of Peter’s distress, Jesus knew Peter loved him, but he was not satisfied with mere profession however true and sincere it was. He wasn’t then, He isn’t now.