Do You Love Him? (John 21:2-17)Bro. Mike Meade, September 9, 2018
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Soon after Christ's resurrection and appearance to the Disciples, He appeared to them on the shore of the water, telling them to cast their nets on the other side of the boat. They did so, and the nets were so heavy that they were difficult to pull in. The Disciples realized who the man on the shore was and they docked and dined with Him.
During their breakfast, Jesus began asking Peter if he loved Him. Peter answered Him three times; of course he loved the Lord. Why would He even ask that?
Here's the thing. Peter had just denied Christ three times before His crucifixion. When you study out what Jesus was asking, He was asking about agape love. Agape love is the deepest, truest sense of love. It is love with action. But Peter answered with phileo love; brotherly, kindly love.
Jesus' question was not just to Peter, but to all of us. Do you love Him today? Do you love Him with agape love? Are you willing to not just say you love Him, but to show that you love Him?
If you truly love Him today there will be action to your love. Listen as Bro. Mike shows us three specific things that you will do if you truly love Jesus.
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2There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples. 3Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing. 4But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. 5Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No. 6And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. 7Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea. 8And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes. 9As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread. 10Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught. 11Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, and hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken. 12Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord. 13Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise. 14This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead. 15So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. 16He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 17He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. (KJV)