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.” John 21:15
He had to know this conversation was coming.
Yes, even in the middle of the joy and miracle of the resurrection, there was some unfinished business.
The shameful denials and abandonment the night of the trial …
Jesus had yet to bring those up.
Forty-two days later. Six full weeks. Why did Jesus wait so long?
Was He giving Peter time to think about what he’d done? Not necessary.
Was He waiting to see how the other guys treated Peter? Maybe.
Was He giving Peter the chance to bring it up first? Perhaps.
But what if He wanted Peter to understand something …
Jesus had forty days to evaluate, to consider and reconsider.
Peter knew this wasn’t a hasty pronouncement made out of nostalgia or out of the emotion of the moment.
“Peter, I still have a job for you. Will you do it?”
After the failure, the denials, the abandonment …
Jesus reaffirmed His call.
Because of the Resurrection, Peter’s failures weren’t the last word.
Because of the Resurrection, our sins and failures aren’t the last word.
(I apologize for the Monday post being late. No technical glitches this time. Just allergies, lots of antihistamine and an eighteen-hour nap. Yay, spring. Thanks for understanding.)