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Know God in a Year #253 Miracle of Restored Hearts

It’s Peter’s nature to be impulsive–and he’s been forgiven most so should love Jesus most. The other six bring in the boat and the catch, and find Jesus with a fire, bread, and fish.
“Bring some fish, come and eat,” invites Jesus.
Peter helps drag the net in. When finished, they sit down, in awe. Jesus breaks and distributes bread and fish as usual, but no one asks where He got the fire or food.
They remember the miracle from before when Jesus promised to make them fishers of men. Jesus wants to make sure they know that anyone staying connected with him cannot fail. Regardless of appearances, He will provide.
He also wants to make them sure about Peter. So while eating, Jesus turns to Peter, “Simon, do you love me more than these?” He asks, giving him opportunity to regain the confidence of the others.
Peter had boasted of his greater loyalty in front of them. Now he says simply, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus replies, “Feed my lambs.”
It’s quiet, and a few minutes pass. Again, Jesus asks, “Simon, do you love me?”
Peter is free from bravado, “Yes, Lord, you know I love you.”
“Feed my flock,” says Jesus.
A bit later Jesus asks yet again, “Simon, do you love me?”
Peter is sad, thinking Jesus doubts him. Heart aching, he answers, “Lord, You know all things, You know that I love You.”
“Feed my sheep.” Jesus says.
Personal failures can be admitted to God alone; public failure needs public forgiveness and restoration.
John 21:8-17
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