“Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these.” John 21:15
The life of Peter is one of the most inspirational Journeys recorded in the Bible. From an ordinary fisherman on the shores of Galilee to one of Christ’s most devoted Apostles, his journey was truly remarkable. Peter had no idea about what would happen to his life. He never thought that one day he would meet the Saviour of the world and his life would be changed forever. Luke beautifully records Peter’s encounter with the Lord. It was after the disappointment of not catching a single fish, Jesus asked him to try once again. And this time, he didn’t go out to fish with his vast experience or his techniques in fishing. He saw something extraordinary happen and received the reward of obeying the word of the Lord by catching lots of fish. Then came the moment of truth, Peter realises his sinfulness in him and asks Jesus to go away from him. But for the son of God, it was His moment of acceptance when we realise that we are sinners. He asked Peter to follow Him so that he may catch people. And at once he left everything and followed Jesus. Peter was with Jesus throughout His earthly ministry; he was there when Jesus performed all the miracles, he was there when Jesus opened their eyes to see the truth through His teaching, he was there when Jesus got transfigured, he was there when Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey, he was there when Jesus ate the last supper with them and yes he was there when Jesus was arrested and crucified. All his faith came crumbling down when Jesus was taken away and he denied him three times as prophesied by Jesus. After he denied Jesus, he wept at his condition. It didn’t stop there, he was there when the body of Jesus was not to be found, and was there when Jesus entered the closed room to reveal himself after His resurrection. After experiencing all these miracles, all he could do is forget his call and get back to fishing (Refer John 21:3). John 21 talks about a similar meeting with Jesus as found in Luke 5, when he didn’t get any fish and again Jesus from the shore had to instruct him what to do (Refer John 21:6). Peter recognised the voice and call of his Saviour, he jumped into the sea and came to Jesus. It was then this question was asked by Jesus, “Do you truly love me more than these?”. Our lives might have faced many twists and turns, and many ups and downs even after meeting Jesus and seeing all His wonders just like peter. We might be in a place where we don’t belong and doing something which is not something God has asked us to do like Peter. But Jesus is waiting at the shore to remind us about the purpose and the call of our lives. He asked Peter exactly three times,“Do you truly love me more than these?” as he denied Him thrice. Today He asks us again and again whether we love him more than anything in this world because it is through the Love for Him we can do something for Him. If we say yes, then He will show us what to do as He commanded Peter to take care of His sheep. Do we truly love him more than these?