What is Jesus saying personally to me today – Worldly origins, holy destination
Jesus declares Simon and his genetic heritage three times or in other terms, his worldly origins. He then asks the love question followed a request to to care for and look after others followed up by a disturbing statement that Simon will go to places he would rather not go to. This is a statement of acknowledging the beginnings what ever they might be and the transition to a loving and holy destination not without its challenges. All three stages appear to be important because they are repeated not to be ignored.
Thank you for speaking to me Jesus
How do I respond to what Jesus is saying personally to me today?
I have consciously declared to myself I am a fatherless son denying my worldly origins because of the abandonment I experienced. I am being led to a place that I would rather not go and that is to accept my father and to accept that I am His son. Further more and very uncomfortable, Jesus is calling me to love just as he asked Simon. He is asking me to not just forgive my own father but to love Him as well. Just as I thought I had dealt with this issue Jesus reveals the depth of my wound and the treatment might be painful but it is a Holy destination. I will communicate some type of forgiveness and love to my father without expecting anything in return, asking Jesus to guide me through the process.
carry me through what you have asked me to do.
This is not something that I can do by myself.
You lead me to this place, take me all the way.
Treat my fear and anxiety with your comfort and love.
Jesus showed himself to his disciples, and after they had eaten he said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these others do?’ He answered, ‘Yes Lord, you know I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my lambs.’ A second time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ He replied, ‘Yes, Lord, you know I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Look after my sheep.’ Then he said to him a third time, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was upset that he asked him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ and said, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep.
‘I tell you most solemnly,
when you were young
you put on your own belt
and walked where you liked;
but when you grow old
you will stretch out your hands,
and somebody else will put a belt round you
and take you where you would rather not go.’
In these words he indicated the kind of death by which Peter would give glory to God. After this he said, ‘Follow me.’