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Pastor's Corner

“Do you love me?” (John 21:17) It is a question that Jesus asked Simon Peter three times after His resurrection. It is a question that reminded Simon Peter of the three times he was questioned about even knowing the man, Jesus of Nazareth. 17 The servant girl at the door said to Peter, "You also are not one of this man's disciples, are you?" He said, "I am not."(John 18:17)

Jesus had taken time to warn Simon Peter the evening that they celebrated Passover for the last time before Christ’s crucifixion. He warned that Satan was planning to sift Peter like a baker sifts flour for baking. Satan wants to do everything he can to separate believers from God’s love in Christ Jesus. He wants to drive wedges between us and our Savior.

Simon Peter was a passionate man, whose emotions occasionally made things worse rather than better. In the Garden of Gethsemane, he is the one who tried to fight back. He took his sword, and cut the right ear off from Malchus, a temple guard who had come to arrest Jesus that late Thursday evening. Jesus rebuked, Simon’s use of violence and overly passionate response. “But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” and he touched the man’s ear and healed him.” (Luke 22:51)

All of the disciples failed the Lord, the night that Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane. They fell asleep when He asked them to pray. They all swore to never abandon Him. They all ended promising much more than they would be able to keep. As one of the older apostles, Simon Peter was a leader after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He failed Jesus as well, and that is why Jesus took time after His resurrection to gently restore Simon Peter.

Three times Jesus asked Simon Peter, whose nickname was ‘rock’, “Do you love me?” Each time you can hear the sorrow and humble repentance in his words. Peter said, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Three times, Peter had denied being a disciple of Jesus. Three times Jesus gives Peter the opportunity to answer that basic question, “Do you love me?” God’s grace was extended to Peter through these questions. Jesus met Peter where he was at and comforted him with a new opportunity to make a good confession of faith and love to Christ.

There have been times that we have acted as Peter did, deny Jesus with our actions or our words. Yet just as there was grace enough to restore Peter, there is enough room at the base of the Cross of our Lord Jesus for all of us to humbly repent and believe in the love of God. The love of God is a gift that was purchased with the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. The joy of Easter is that we get cling to the promise that God’s grace is enough for us as well. Christ’s victory over sin, death, and the devil was complete on that glorious day.

This Easter we can run to the empty tomb and remember that Jesus is not there, but He has risen just as He promised. Have a blessed and safe Easter celebration.

In His Peace,

Pastor Ryan Honeycutt