In week 1 we saw that Galilee was arranged to meet the disciples back at the beginning. It was designed to meet them in their disbelief. It was meant to remind them of their first love.
In week 2 we saw how part of the beach day experience is seeing our past but then walking away from it.
This is true forgiveness.
“Therefore I tell you, her sins, which were many, are forgiven, thus she loved much; but the one who is forgiven little loves little.””
Luke 7:47 NET
Peter was grieved because he saw his own limits. He saw why he had betrayed Jesus, why he was so impetuous all the time…he had a cavalier notion of love, but actually lacked the very type of Phileo love he is claiming here to have.
True forgiveness and true love are only complete when extended it to others.
Week 3: our beach day
“Jesus said a third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed that Jesus asked him a third time, “Do you love me?” and said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus replied, “Feed my sheep. I tell you the solemn truth, when you were young, you tied your clothes around you and went wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will tie you up and bring you where you do not want to go.” (Now Jesus said this to indicate clearly by what kind of death Peter was going to glorify God.) After he said this, Jesus told Peter, “Follow me.”
John 21:17-19 NET
Why does Jesus tell Peter how he is going to die?
How does He sound when He says it?
Is it a reprimand?
Jesus loved to affirm the good in Peter.
He is taking the two fish Peter is offering in his limited expression of love and Jesus is multiplying it into fish that still feeds us today.
Peter’s legacy and teaching are still instrumental to the growth of the church.
Peter had to see that Jesus was not just repairing his past but also his future.
Jesus grabs Peter’s love and says it is going to be even more than you can imagine. You will lay down your life for me and for others. Your death will glorify Me.
“No one has greater love than this – that one lays down his life for his friends.”
John 15:13 NET
Peter’s Phileo love is limited but it will grow.
That is what the beach day is about!
We cannot be a witness to something we have not seen. As long as we are merely repeating what others have said, we are not a reliable source.
Our beach day is about giving us that experience of knowing Jesus…knowing His forgiveness.
Peter’s day is summed up with the words, “follow Me”. He says this knowing He will depart shortly.
The Holy Spirit has to be followed the same way the disciples followed Jesus.
Are we following Jesus or just guidelines and traditions?
Listen to Peter’s final words:
“May grace and peace be lavished on you as you grow in the rich knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord! I can pray this because his divine power has bestowed on us everything necessary for life and godliness through the rich knowledge of the one who called us by his own glory and excellence. Through these things he has bestowed on us his precious and most magnificent promises, so that by means of what was promised you may become partakers of the divine nature, after escaping the worldly corruption that is produced by evil desire. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith excellence, to excellence, knowledge; to knowledge, self-control; to self-control, perseverance; to perseverance, godliness; to godliness, brotherly affection (Phileo); to brotherly affection, unselfish love (agape). For if these things are really yours and are continually increasing, they will keep you from becoming ineffective and unproductive in your pursuit of knowing our Lord Jesus Christ more intimately. But concerning the one who lacks such things – he is blind. That is to say, he is nearsighted, since he has forgotten about the cleansing of his past sins. Therefore, brothers and sisters, make every effort to be sure of your calling and election. For by doing this you will never stumble into sin. For thus an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be richly provided for you.”
2 Peter 1:2-11 NET
Pastor James Sanders