Day 5: Peter is Restored
Today’s story is pretty short, as well as the context.
Last week Peter denied Jesus three times. There is no additional historical context I can give this time except what is missing from the story between last week and this week.
After Jesus had been taken away to Pontius Pilot, He was questioned, flogged, mocked, and sentenced to crucifixion.
Crucifixion was a terrible, painful death that if I took the time to explain could take up several posts. However if you are curious here are a couple articles you can reference:
Jesus died and on the third day he rose again. Now for those of you who are familiar with the Easter season. Good Friday is not three 24 hour periods before Easter Sunday. Again I could make a post completely about that. Here are a couple links that may prove insightful if you struggle with the math of that: http://www.apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=6&article=756 and https://carm.org/how-long-was-jesus-dead-tomb
After Jesus rose again, he appeared to His disciples and over 500 people. The story begins with a reflection back to the first time Jesus called Peter to follow him. Peter and a few of the disciples decided to go out and fish. After a long night of no success, they returned to shore.
Before they reached the shore a man called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”
They replied no and the man told them to throw their nets over the right side.
When they caught so many the nets were full, the disciple Jesus loved said, “It is the Lord!”
When Peter heard this, he jumped out of the boat and ran to shore, leaving his friends behind to drag in the catch. Leave it to Peter to act without thinking first. But who could blame his enthusiasm in seeing the Lord?
After bringing to fish to shore, Jesus told them to join him for breakfast, and that is where our story picks up.
THE BIBLE STORY
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?”He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him,“Follow me!”
Just like Peter denied Jesus three times, Jesus reaffirmed Peter’s love for Him three times. Then just as He had called Peter the first time, Jesus ended with telling Peter to follow Him.
Peter would move from there to become one of the most influential leaders of the early church. His zeal for the Lord was no longer dampened by fear. He would never deny his Lord again, even when it meant death.