While we continue our study of Simon Peter’s “comeback,” I’ve been asking myself several questions. In my opinion, his answers and Jesus’ display of confidence afterward, confirm Peter’s return. John relates the incident in the last chapter of his account, in verses 21:15-17. If you’re “studying” with me, I’d like to invite your responses to the questions below. Of course, I’m considering this question: ‘Simon, son of Jonah, do you truly love me?”
Why do you imagine Jesus asked Peter the question in the first place?
Do you think Jesus perhaps already knew the answer to the question before He asked?
If so, why then do you suppose He’d even ask?
Why do you think Jesus asked the question three different times? Do you reckon Peter was hard of hearing? Not paying attention? We already know he often had his own agenda and was often guilty of simply not paying attention.
Do you think Jesus asked the questions in the way you skim through them in Scripure? Say thirty seconds or less? Or do you think Jesus gave Peter time to think about his response before answering. The first time, the question probably took Simon off guard.
Why was the answer so important? Did this figure in Peter’s “comeback?”
What happened after Peter seemed to answer to the question to Jesus’ satisfaction?
If He were to ask you the same questions, how would you answer?
Why is that so important?
Have you ever considered the question? Have you answered it?
Did that end the conversation?
Ofen poets say what we think and feel. . . but so much more beautifully and expressively than the rest of us can do. I love how Isaac Watts gave his answer to such a question in his great hymn: “Love so amazing, so divine, demands…deserves…and shall have…my life, my soul, my all!”