John 21:1-6, 9-13, 15-19
It was well to keep together and enjoy the communion of saints. Good society makes good men better.
As they had as yet no directions to go upon their spiritual business, they acted commendably in following their daily callings, for nothing is more dangerous than indolence.
Everything tended to remind them of their old times with their Lord. Fishing in the old place, the old failures, the old miracles, and the old repast, would all help them to identify their Master. But what a new light was over all!
“Be of use! Forward! To Christ!” These were the watchwords of Peter, and should be ours.
Jesus here showed himself to be what he still is. the Provider, the Host, the Husband of his Church.
The Greek word means in this third question more than before, and might be rendered, “Lovest thou me dearly?”
He had three times denied, and he must three times avow his Lord.
Luke 21:18, 19
This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God namely, by crucifixion
Luke 21:18, 19
Thus was erring Peter fully restored. How mightily would that word “follow me” ring in his ears and influence his whole future. Follow me in doctrine, follow me in practice, follow me in sufferings, follow me in death, follow me to glory. May the Lord say to each one of us with power, Follow Me.
Do not I love thee, O my Lord?
Then let me nothing love:
Dead be my heart to every joy,
When Jesus cannot move.
Hast thou a lamb m all thy flock
I would disdain to feed?
Hast thou a foe, before whose face
I fear thy cause to plead?
Thou know’st I love thee, dearest Lord;
But oh, I long to soar
Far from the sphere of mortal joys,
And learn to love thee more.