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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
21:15 Simon, son of Jonah - The appellation Christ had given him, when be made that glorious confession, #Matt 16:16|, the remembrance of which might make him more deeply sensible of his late denial of him whom he had so confessed. Lovest thou me? - Thrice our Lord asks him, who had denied him thrice: more than these - Thy fellow disciples do? - Peter thought so once, #Matt 26:33|, but he now answers only - I love thee, without adding more than these. Thou knowest - He had now learnt by sad experience that Jesus knew his heart. My lambs - The weakest and tenderest of the flock.
Joh 21:15 Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? At the close of the feast, the Lord turned to Peter with this question, one that he repeated twice. On the night of the betrayal, when Christ intimated that his disciples would forsake him in the trial he was about to suffer, Peter spoke up and asserted that though all others forsook him he would never forsake him. What Christ had said might be true of the rest, but he was so loving, faithful and true, that he would die for him. Yet before the cock crow of the next morning he had thrice denied that he knew Jesus, even with his oaths. Such was the collapse of the confident disciple who "loved the Master better than these" other disciples. Since that fall, Christ had met with Peter among the rest of the disciples, but had not referred to this subject, but now has come the time for a restoration of Peter. Hence, he probes him with the question, Lovest thou me more than these? That question would at once recall to Peter his boastful claim, his awful fall, and would pierce him to the heart. He no longer claims that he is the truest of the apostolic band, does not even affirm confidently, but answers, "Thou knowest my heart; thou knowest that I love thee". Then said the Savior, "Feed my lambs".
John's comment on 2014-01-30 16:13:56:
Did the "more than these" verse follow the draught of fishes? Peter was a fisherman ... perhaps Jesus when he said "do you love me more than these?" might have meant "do you love me more than these fishes that you have just hauled in?". Peter was to be a fisher of men - so Jesus told him "feed my lambs", his new life work. I don't know Greek, and I could be wrong, but at least the verse does help me to remember my calling as a Christian.
Daryl's comment on 2012-07-26 18:54:50:
Peter was commissioned by Christ to feed His Lambs. This is what the Lord shared with me. The Lambs are the immediate followers of Christ (Apostles). The sheep are the Jews first and the Gentiles Second. John the Baptist said of Christ behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world. God has his lamb Christ for sin. Christ has His lambs for the establishing of the church. Reading threw John 21 Christ signified of the death of the Apostles. All of the Apostles were martyred for the Church. The first set of sheep are the Jews for the Gospel goes to the Jews first then to the Gentiles. This is revealed in the book of Acts.
Timothy Wayne George's comment on 2012-04-13 00:00:53:
This verse makes us all ponder the question that Jesus ask Peter" Lovest thou me more than these?" Peter had boasted though all men will forsake thee, I will never forsake thee, but he failed. All of our failures can be traced to this question about love for the Lord more than these. As Peter answered thou know that I love thee because only the Lord knows our heart. We must search our heart daily, and make sure that nothing comes between our love for the Lord. Just as Jesus restores Peter, then he restores us when we confess our love for him more than these.
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