In John 21:15-25, Jesus had just fed the disciples breakfast over a beach campfire.
When they finish, Jesus called out Peter.
He asked him, not once, not twice, but three times, if he loved him. Each time Peter said yes, but it stung a little. Jesus asked Peter this question three times because Peter denied him three times. While it was probably a little embarrassing because the other disciples were listening, it was also an opportunity to repair his reputation and confidence through his triple confession.
Peter is a testimony of God’s desire to use the foolish, imperfect people of this world to bring him glory. Peter, for all his gusto, still denied Jesus and abandoned him. Yet, Jesus did not take back what he said to Peter previously: “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). Rather, he doubled down it. Jesus tells Peter repeatedly to tend his sheep.
Despite his flaws, Jesus appointed Peter to lead his church. This is encouraging news. Despite my flaws, Jesus can, and will, still use me. I don’t need to be scared of my inadequacies. I just need to love Jesus and follow the path he sets before me.
The gospels provide a glimpse of Jesus’s ministry and reveal God’s sovereignty, love, and mercy, but that’s all it is: a glimpse.
“Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.”John 21:25
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Next, we go back to Psalms. Enjoy!