The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” John 21:17a
The disciples set off on a fishing expedition. Many of them had been fishermen before Jesus called them to follow him. But this trip is far from ordinary. Jump into the story and imagine the emotions and uncertainty in the boat. The disciples have been through it. They’ve followed Jesus these last three years, even as it became more dangerous to be around him. Then their worst fears happened. Jesus was arrested, tried and killed. What’s more, Jesus rose from the grave and appeared to them. It had to be a lot to process. They go fishing and wait for what is next. Jesus steps into this moment by preparing breakfast for them on the shore. Jesus asks them a powerful question: Do you love me?
Through this conversation, we’ll see three significant truths this week. (1) We’ll see there is room for us at Jesus’s table no matter what we’ve done, (2) Jesus wants to have a conversation with us to restore our relationship and (3) Jesus wants to get us back on mission. The disciples were likely emotionally all over the board. We’re all in different spaces emotionally, physically and spiritually. Jesus meets the disciples in a gentle and intimate manner in this story—and God wants to meet us this week too.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Ask God to meet you this week. Tell him you want to listen. Try to carve out 10 minutes to spend quietly with God today. Sit (or walk) and be with God. Ask God to help you recognize what he wants you to learn from this story over the next few days and how to apply it to your life.
2022 BIBLE MEMORY PRACTICE
Develop spiritual roots and tap in the power of God’s word by memorizing monthly a Bible verse! View previous verses at beyondtheweekend.org/biblememorypractice.
“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
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