Text: John 21:15-17 | Series: John 12-21

Do you love Jesus? Your pre-programmed response could very well be an immediate yes, as it should be, if you are a disciple.

Our tendency is to present our good behavior, our church participation, or our separation from the world as proof of that love. But an honest search of our hearts would expose the truth that our love for Jesus is all too often lacking.

In today’s sermon from John 21, we hear a touching conversation between Jesus and Simon Peter, who has denied the Lord three times.

The risen Lord asks Peter to affirm his love for His Lord. In the wake of Peter’s denial of Jesus, he is all too aware of his failure to love Christ as he ought.

But as he speaks face to face with the God of the universe on the beach of the Sea of Galilee some 2000 years ago, he learned a lesson that all Christians throughout all time would do well to learn; that as we see our sin, we would also see the depths of His unconditional love for us.

And as we see His love, we love Him in response. As we grow in our love for Him, we will then grow in our love for His people. ”


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