When they had eaten breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said to Him, “You know that I love You.” “Feed My lambs,” He told him. A second time He asked him, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” “Yes, Lord,” he said to Him, “You know that I love You.” “Shepherd My sheep,” He told him. He asked him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time, “Do you love Me?” He said, “Lord, You know everything! You know that I love You.” “Feed My sheep,” Jesus said. “I assure you: When you were young, you would tie your belt and walk wherever you wanted. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will tie you and carry you where you don’t want to go.” He said this to signify by what kind of death he would glorify God. After saying this, He told him, “Follow Me!”
1) We can’t be effective for God when we are weighed down by our guilt and shame
Peter didn’t see himself as useful in the mission of God.
2) The heart of the issue isn’t our sin, but our love for Jesus.
a. Jesus wants us to love Him more than anything else in our life.
b. Jesus knows where our heart really is.
3) Forgiveness is for a Kingdom purpose
a. We should fulfill our ministry
b. Simply Follow Jesus!