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Day 39: Jesus Appears To The Disciples

Reflect: Jesus knew Peter was still feeling uncomfortable and embarrassed about denying Him three times. It is not so uncommon for people to return to what felt comfortable in their old life when the pressure is on and circumstances aren’t going the way they expected. Peter returns to his original occupation as a fisherman. As a leader of the group, he leads the others to do the same (John 21:2, Mark 1:16–20). Jesus showed His tremendous mercy towards Peter. He goes to where Peter and the other disciples are fishing. After Jesus helps them catch a giant net full of fish and eats with them, He begins to address Peter. He asks Peter three times whether He loves Him, matching the number of times Peter had denied Him. First, he is asking if Peter loves “these” more than Him. When Jesus uses the word “these,” it could be that He is asking if Peter loves Him more than fishing or more than the other disciples. Jesus shows great mercy towards Peter and reinstates Him as the leader by saying, in verse 16, “take care of my sheep.”

“Take care of” in the Greek is “pŏimainō.” It means to tend as a shepherd; supervise; rule. As Jesus continues to ask Peter about his love towards Him, Peter is grieved by being forced to remember his denial which compromised his calling as Jesus’ disciple (v.17). Then, Jesus says to Peter, “Feed my sheep.” He clearly has forgiven Peter, and in plain view of the other disciples, Jesus reinstates him to lead the church like a shepherd would his sheep.

he first person you need to have mercy towards is yourself. You can’t give away what you don’t have and you do give away what you have.

Respond: Jesus lived his life as an example for us and wants us to be agents of mercy in the same way He was merciful towards Peter. It is said that mercy is like a diamond; it is multi-faceted. What do the multi-facets of a mercy look like? Examples:

• Mercy values relationships over rules. Jesus helps Peter catch a large amount of fish (v. 6).

• Mercy builds bridges of love. Jesus invites Peter to eat with Him (v. 12).

• Mercy offers others a second chance. Jesus tells Peter to feed his sheep (v. 15).

• Mercy sees hope and a positive future for the offender. Jesus still sees Peter as a leader by telling him to take care of his sheep (v.16).

• Mercy delivers patience. Jesus asked Peter three times, if he loved him (v. 17).

• Mercy grants new beginnings. Jesus tells Peter, “Follow me” (v.19).

The first person you need to have mercy towards is yourself. You can’t give away what you don’t have and you do give away what you have. If you don’t have mercy towards yourself, it’s hard to give it to others. Have you made past mistakes and haven’t had mercy towards yourself? Ask Jesus to help give you this multi-faceted mercy towards yourself in whatever it is you are judging yourself so harshly about. Now, ask the Lord if there is anyone that you need to extend mercy towards. It will free both of you up. The last thing Jesus tells Peter in this passage is, “Follow me.” How would your life look differently if today, and everyday forward, you chose to have mercy towards yourself and others and wholeheartedly follow Jesus?

My prayer for you is that you continue on a journey of growing in Jesus, having daily devotions and living out the amazing life purpose that God has for you!

God bless you, Pastor Teresa Quinn

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