“Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”“
On the night Jesus was arrested, Peter revoked his discipleship. Under threat, he denied three times that he was a follower of Christ. When he realized what he had done, Peter went out and wept bitterly (Matthew 26:69-75). He was overwhelmed by shame and guilt.
After His death and resurrection, the Lord asked Peter a question. But the question wasn’t “Why did you abandon me when I needed you?” or “Why didn’t you have the guts to stick up for me?” It was simply, “Do you love me?”
When Peter said, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you,” Jesus, the conqueror of sin and death and the Lord of life, graciously invited him to take up his discipleship again and follow Him into the future.
Jesus does the same for us. In His graciousness, He doesn’t bring up our past sins, betrayals, or infidelities. He simply wants to know if we love Him. Because our answer to that is what makes all the difference.
Dear God, I know it doesn’t always seem that way, but I really do love You. Help me to remain in Your love, to dwell in it, to live out of it each day, and to share it with others. Amen.