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Do You Love Me?

Sunday Morning Bible Study

April 1, 2018


Do people see Jesus? Is the gospel preached? Does it address the person who is: Empty, lonely, guilty, or afraid to die?  Does it speak to the broken hearted? Does it build up the church? Milk – Meat – Manna Preach for a decision Is the church loved? Regular:  2900 words    Communion: 2500 words  Video=75wpm

I’d like to talk about an incident that took place about two weeks after the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

Jesus had given the disciples instructions to meet Him in Galilee.  The disciples had made their way up north, but Jesus had not yet showed up.

Peter was the one who came up with the idea to go fishing.

The guys all got into a boat and spent the entire night fishing.  They didn’t catch a thing.

Early in the morning a lone figure stood the shore and called out to the men, asking if they had caught any fish.  He suggested they try casting their nets on the other side of the boat, and when they did they couldn’t draw it in because they had caught so many fish.

They realized it was Jesus on the shore.

When they got their boat to shore, Jesus had a breakfast prepared for them.

The smarty pants think it was pita bread and broiled fish.  I think it might have been pancakes.

Video:  John – Feed my sheep

(John 21:15–17 NKJV) —15 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.” 16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.



Jesus’ resurrection is tied to the forgiveness of our sins.
When Jesus died on the cross, He died as a sacrifice for our sins.
Isaiah wrote,

(Isaiah 53:5 NKJV) But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

But how do we know that He actually paid for our sins on the cross?  Because death could not hold Him down.  He came back to life because He had paid for all our sins.
Paul wrote,

(1 Corinthians 15:17 NKJV) And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!

But Jesus did rise from the dead, and our sins have been paid for.
When Jesus meets Peter on the beach, He asks Peter three times if he loves Him.
Why three times?  Because of something that had happened a few weeks earlier, the night that Jesus was arrested.
Video:  John – Peter Denies Jesus

(John 18:15–17 NKJV) —15 And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. Now that disciple was known to the high priest, and went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest. 16 But Peter stood at the door outside. Then the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to her who kept the door, and brought Peter in. 17 Then the servant girl who kept the door said to Peter, “You are not also one of this Man’s disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.”

(John 18:25–27 NKJV) —25 Now Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. Therefore they said to him, “You are not also one of His disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not!” 26 One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of him whose ear Peter cut off, said, “Did I not see you in the garden with Him?” 27 Peter then denied again; and immediately a rooster crowed.

Why was Peter so grieved when Jesus asked him three times if he loved Jesus?

Because he had told Jesus that he would never deny Jesus, yet he did it not once, not twice, but three times.

Do you feel like you’ve failed Jesus?
Do you feel like you’ve sinned one too many times?  Or maybe three hundred too many times?
There is forgiveness today because of the resurrection of Jesus.

Jesus is here today to ask you, “Do you love Me?”

He doesn’t ask because He questions it.  He asks because He knows you do, and He has forgiveness for you.

If you love Him, then stop running from Him, turn around, and receive the forgiveness that He has already paid for.


Back to work

Very early in His ministry, Jesus saw two men fishing.
(Mark 1:16–18 NKJV) —16 And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 17 Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 They immediately left their nets and followed Him.

Simon would become known as “Peter”.

They had been fishers of “fish”, but Jesus would make them fishers of “men”.

They left their nets and followed Jesus.

Yet now after having failed Jesus so utterly, Peter has gone back to fishing for fish.
He’s even persuaded some of the other disciples to follow him.
When Jesus asks Peter three times if Peter loves Him, and Peter says “yes”, Jesus responds three times with basically the same thing.
(John 21:17b NKJV) Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.”

Peter had gone from fishing for “fish” to fishing for “men”, and now back to fishing for “fish”.

Jesus wants Peter to get back to the people, His “sheep”.

Forgiveness takes us from the fish and sends us back to the people.

Peter had left the ministry of working with people to work with “fish”.

Jesus is calling Peter to get back to the original calling.

Perhaps some of you have strayed from what God has originally called you to do.
For some of you, it’s sin that has messed up your life and made you feel like God was done using you.

You need to rethink that.

God wants you to get back to the business of reaching out to this world and touching the people He died to save.

For some of you, things got a bit too messy at church.  Somebody caused you trouble.  Somebody hurt your feelings.  Somebody opposed what you were doing.

My question to you is this, are you going to let people stop what God is wanting to do through you?

It might not be the same shape or size of what you were doing before, but God still wants to use you.

Get back to work.

Every person God has ever used has been a sinner saved by grace, and you’re no different.

Do you love Jesus? Then feed His sheep.