Jesus Restores Peter

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.”

16 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.”

17 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. 18 Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.” 19 This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.” — John 21:15-19.

After breakfast, Jesus asks Simon Peter whether he loves Him more than the other disciples do. Peter replies that Jesus knows that he loves Him. Jesus tells him to feed His lambs.

A second time Jesus asks Peter whether he loves Him. He replies that he does, as the Lord knows. Jesus tells him to shepherd His sheep.

A third time Jesus asks Peter whether he loves Him. It distresses Peter that Jesus asks him a third time whether he loves the Lord. He says that Jesus knows everything. He knows that he loves Him. Jesus tells Peter to feed His sheep.

Jesus then tells Peter that when he was young, he would gird his loin and go wherever he wanted. But that when he is old, he would stretch out his hands and others would tie him up and take him where he would not want to go. Jesus said this to indicate clearly by what kind of death Peter would glorify God.

After this, Jesus tells Peter to follow Him.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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