John 21st, Psalm 21st


Jesus reinstates Peter at the end of John's Gospel by thrice asking Peter if he loved our Lord. Peter affirmed love for the risen Messiah each time, and in response Jesus commands Peter to “feed my sheep.” (John 21:17) This reinstatement recalls when Jesus promised to use Peter mightily to build the church, but also echoes the three times Peter denied Jesus on the night before the crucifixion. We see the Lord's incredible love and grace towards Peter in the reinstatement. We also get a glimpse of Peter's ongoing struggles when Jesus warns Peter of the hard future that lies ahead. After hearing Jesus warn Peter about a future of being led to places he would prefer not go, Peter questions Jesus about John the writer of this Gospel. Jesus reminds Peter that it is Jesus' prerogative alone to determine what He will do with a servant. Peter's ongoing struggles to grasp all the necessary implications of Jesus' work is well documented (see Galatians 2:11-15, Acts 10). Peter is such a mess. Yet Jesus' love for Peter overcomes a great betrayal, constant misunderstandings, and frailty. Many highlight Jesus' love for the tax-collector, prostitute, and thief. For me, Jesus' patience and love for Peter and the other disciples is even more astounding. It is one thing to have compassion for those who have sinned against others, or those whose sins that have affected you indirectly. But these disciples abandoned Jesus at his most vulnerable hour, regularly fail to grasp Jesus' plain and repeated teachings. Even after Jesus rises from the dead, the issues with Peter and Thomas are well-documented. No matter, the grace of Jesus is great and revealed clearly in moments where he is patient even with sinful wounds from friends. “To Him be glory forever, Amen!” (Romans 11:36)