John 22

The following is from OBC’s daily devotional for today:

Jesus’ appearance, miracle of the great catch of fish, and loving provision of breakfast (vv. 1-14) served to strengthen the disciples’ faith in who Jesus was—the Christ, the promised Messiah, the eternal Son of God made flesh (20:31).

Before Jesus’ crucifixionPeter denied him three times after he boldly professed allegiance. Here (vv. 15-19), after Jesus’ resurrection, the Lord helps Peter to nail down that his motivation for lovingly caring for Christ’s followers must be a devoted love for Jesus.

Throughout Peter’s life—which Jesus basically outlines here—he must follow him, a steadfast pursuit of committed faith (vv. 20-23). Even in Peter’s death he would glorify the Lord.

Truths to Nail Down and Meditate On

  1. True faith in Jesus Christ that results in eternal life is seen and demonstrated by a life of steadfast, committed faithfulness. Because believers still have a sin nature, they will do and say things they shouldn’t, but the overall character and course of their lives will be marked by a controlling love for the Lord Jesus. 
  2. Do not concern yourself with what God providentially does with other believers, comparing what he is doing in your life with what he is doing in others’ lives. focus instead on how you are living for and serving him!
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