The last story that John records sets the stage for what will happen in the Book of Acts. After breakfast, Jesus calls Peter aside and asks him the same question three times – “Do you love me?” Some commentators believe the three questions are Jesus’ way of referring back to Peter’s three denials. After each question, Jesus commands Peter to care for his sheep. Although the series of questions hurt Peter’s feelings, it is through these questions that Peter is restored to leadership. After investing three years in teaching and training Peter, Jesus wasn’t about to give up on him. Although he may ask you and I difficult questions, too, we can trust that it’s always because he loves us.
Passage: John 21:15-25