Bible Ballistics: BBs #165 Less Or More Than These???

We’ve talked recently about being parents who walk with the Lord and share what Jesus has done, is doing and will do for us with our loved ones. We’ve also considered the truth that we don’t have to do all this alone. We know that Jesus gave His life for us, and it was HIS love that sent Him to Calvary—not obligation—but love, and He has called us to ‘love’.

This is my commandment, 

That ye love one another, 

as I have loved you.

13 Greater love hath no man than this,

that a man lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:12-13

And while “lay down HIS life for his friends”, is what Jesus did for us, it doesn’t stop there! When we receive His love and salvation through repentance and faith, we also receive HIS love in our hearts, and we are called to lay down our lives for others! But how are we to do that? Only by the power and love of God within us.

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”  Romans 5:5

So what are we to do with this love? Let’s see what Peter learned from Jesus. Let’s see if this love of Jesus, which we receive, should make a difference within us and toward others. Let’s examine John 21:15-17:

So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these?

He saith unto him, Yea, Lord;

thou knowest that I love thee.

He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.

16 He saith to him again the second time,

Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?

He saith unto him, Yea, Lord;

thou knowest that I love thee.

He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

17 He saith unto him the third time,

Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?

Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me?

And he said unto him, Lord,

thou knowest all things;

thou knowest that I love thee.

Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

This interesting encounter took place after the resurrection–

After Peter’s denial of Jesus three times–

After the three days of grueling torment and struggle that the followers of Jesus went through before the resurrection brought them eternal hope and assurance of the deity and Lordship of Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for them and for us.

Now, here in this intimate setting of breakfast on the seashore, Jesus takes Peter down a road of restoration. Three times Jesus asked Peter to confirm his love for his Lord, and three times Peter responded in the affirmative. And the last of these three responses indicates Peter’s recognition and acknowledgment of the sovereign omniscience of his Lord and ours.

Our Lord Jesus does know exactly where we are. He knows where I am! He knows where you are! And even more importantly for many of us, HE knows where we have been! He knows what we have done! And yet He comes to us and restores his own sheep to a place of intimate fellowship and usability!!! “Amazing grace—how sweet the sound“!!! Oh my what a Savior we serve—what a lover of our souls, hearts and minds we belong to. How grateful I am for His faithfulness.

If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13

I’d like us to conclude this time together with the question that Jesus asked Peter, “lovest thou me more than these?” I have no need to enter the debate over what the “these” was, that Jesus spoke to Peter of. My question is simply for us: “lovest thou me more than these?” I don’t have to tell you. You know what the “these” is in your life. The question remains for us to answer, “lovest thou me more than these?” What is between Jesus and me today? Is it time, food, habits, desires, greed, fame, fortune or the lack there of? You can fill in the blank.

So??? Here’s our shot for today.

Do I love Jesus more or less than “these”?

Do you love Jesus more or less than “these”?

What is keeping us from feeding and tending to Jesus’ lambs and sheep?

What is keeping us from loving others with the love of God that is within?

Food for thought for this busy week, won’t you spend some time with your Lord! Ask and you will receive!!!

Be still, and know that I am God:” Psalm 46:10a