John 21:17 Do You Really Love Jesus?

“The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him a third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.” John 21:17

One of the last things John records of Jesus is His asking Peter if he loves Him. This question is asked three times. Peter answers, yes, all three times and Jesus responds with the statement to feed His sheep.

It is very easy for people to say that they love someone. Think about children saying that they love their boyfriend/girlfriend. This can start even in elementary age school, but definitely happens in high school. They “love” each other for a while, then something goes wrong and then they start to hate each other and break up. This love is more of a like, than a true love. Many people go into a marriage with this same type of love.

Loving someone is more than just a word. It requires action and a commitment. It requires self-sacrifice for the other person.

As a believer in Jesus, you should show true love to Jesus. God showed His love to everyone in the world by sending His Son to it. Jesus showed His love to the world by dying on the cross for everyone in the world. The goal of God’s and Jesus’ love was to save everyone in the world.

If you really love Jesus, you would have the same goals as He has. You would support His desires. To reach the world you need to tell others about Him. To reach the world you need to teach others how to reach others.

All of this is feeding His sheep. The food is doing the will of God. Remember Jesus said that His food was to do the will of God.

Are you feeding His sheep? Are you telling the lost sheep of Jesus what He has done for them? Do you really love Jesus? Or do you just like Jesus?

I pray today that you will know the love Jesus has for you; that you will learn to love Jesus more; that Jesus will show you ways to feed His sheep; that Jesus will show you ways to love others more; and that you will do the will of God for your life.

John 21:6 Do What Jesus Says

“He said, Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some. When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.” John 21:6

After Jesus had risen from the dead and appeared to the disciples things started to go back to normal. The Peter and some of the disciples decided to go back to what they used to do…fishing. They went out in the evening and started to fish. After fishing all night, they had zero success.

In the morning, Jesus comes along and tells them to fish on the other side. They did not realize who He was, but they tried it anyways. This time they caught more than they could handle and they realized it was Jesus.

When Jesus had told them to cast their nets on the other side, they could have argued with Him. They were the fishermen, not Jesus. And what is the difference from one side of the boat to the other? Yet, that is exactly what Jesus wanted them to do and they had great success.

In life, you may be trying to accomplish something. You are trying and trying and never seem to be able to get it accomplished. It may be something simple and common, complex and difficult, either way you are not having success.

The question is are you doing it God’s way? Are you doing what Jesus would have you to do? Whose plans are you following…yours, or God’s?

The plans Jesus may have for you may sound crazy and worthless, such as casting the net on the other side of the boat, but it is what He said to do. Always keep in mind that Jesus is the One who created everything that is. He always knows what is best. He always knows the best way to do things.

Are you trusting Jesus today? Are you listening to Jesus today? Are you doing what Jesus says to do today?

I pray today that you will hear Jesus in a new way; that you will know the plans Jesus has for you; that you will do what Jesus says to do; that Jesus will draw you closer to Him; and that Jesus will use you to draw many to Him.

John 20: 18 Seeing Jesus

“Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: I have seen the Lord! And she told them that he had said these things to her.” John 20:18

Some women had went to the tomb of Jesus and found that His body was not there. They told the disciples and several of them also looked and had seen that it was so. As Mary is standing at the tomb weeping, Jesus comes up to her. He gives a message to her to tell the disciples, that He is risen and going to the Father. She tells that message.

Mary loved Him and had seen Him die. This love for Him did not die out when He died, though she did not expect to see Him again on this earth. To her, it was all over.

Imagine her excitement when she saw Jesus alive. It had to have been very overwhelming for her. She does what she was told and goes and tells the disciples.

In life, when something exciting and good happens you want to tell others about it. When you get a new car you want to show it off; when you get that new promotion at work; your favorite team wins a game; when you get a new house; or when you have a new baby born. There are many different things that you get excited about to tell others about.

One of those things should be of your seeing Jesus. Today people do not see Jesus in the physical, but they do see Jesus in their hearts. You will also see Jesus at work in your life. He may do a new miracle, or provide in a special way, or work through you or even in your life. Any of these and many more ways is ways you ‘see’ Jesus in your life.

Are you going to keep that information to yourself? Or will you be willing to tell others that you have seen Jesus?

Be willing to stand up and tell others that you have seen Jesus. Tell others what you have seen Jesus do in your life. Do not be afraid to speak up. Be excited about seeing Jesus today.

I pray today that you will see Jesus in new ways; that you will tell others how you have seen Jesus; that you will have no fear in telling others about Jesus; and that Jesus will use you to spread the word of His love for others.

John 20:31 Believing To Have Life

“But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” John 20:31

John is coming to a close in this book. He states that with all that he recorded of Jesus doing miracles, there was still much more that were not recorded. The few that he recorded was to have a record so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah and by that belief have life.

No one alive today was in Israel at the time Jesus walked on this earth. All that can be seen today is the written records of who He was and what He did.

These records point out that Jesus is the Messiah and one can be saved through Him. Once a person can see that, it must be accompanied by a belief in those words.

As a person believes in those words, one can see with his heart Jesus for who He really is. Jesus will reveal Himself to you through the Gospel messages and through others.

There are many people who like the Bible as just a group of good stories. Or it is just something a pastor talks from on Sunday. The Bible, with the Gospel messages, is God’s way of showing His love for you and His plan for your life.

Do you believe the message given? When you are in doubt read the Bible. When you are questioning your walk with God, read the Bible. Believe what is written there and apply it to your life. Have the life that God is offering you. Along with having that life, pass it on to others.

Stay in God’s Word to keep your eyes on Jesus and to know Him more. As you stay in His Word you will be able to have your own Gospel record written of all that Jesus has done for you and in you. He is still doing miracles today for you. Are you living that life? Are you believing in Jesus?

I pray today that God’s Word will be real to you; that you will know Jesus in a more personal way; that you believe in Jesus as the Messiah; that you will have the life Jesus offers; and that you will live the life Jesus offers.

John 19:30 Finishing

“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, It is finished. With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John 19:30

Jesus had been arrested and crucified. Things were happening just the way He stated that they would. As He was hanging on the cross there came a point where He stated that it was finished and He gave up His spirit and died.

It is very easy to look at the crucifixion of Jesus and believe that it was the people who killed Jesus. Yes, it was the people who arrested Him, and the people who put Him on the cross. However, it was Jesus Himself who allowed Himself to actually die.

Previously Jesus had told the disciples that He was freely laying down His life. He also told Pilate that he had no power to do anything to Him except what was given him by God. No one actually had the power to kill Jesus unless it was given them.

Before Jesus died, He had a work to finish. He had come to do whatever the Father wanted Him to do. Until that was done, His work was not done. The ultimate reason for Jesus to come to the earth was to save all mankind. It was not just to teach how to be good and how to love others, or just to heal people of sickness. It was to save them.

The only way Jesus could save men was to die for them. At the point of this happening, His work on this earth was finished. It was then that He gave up His Spirit and died.

God has you on this earth for a purpose, or even many purposes. Until everything that God wants you to do, you are not done. Do not give up. Keep going forward.

Seek God on what you are supposed to be doing. Do it with all that you have. Do not stop until it is accomplished. Do not sit back and think that you have made it. Until God calls you home in death, you have work to be done here on this earth. Finish the task that you have to do.

I pray today that God will reveal what He wants you to do; that God will give you the strength to do His work; that you will not stop the work early; and that God will use you to bring many to a saving knowledge of Jesus.

John 19:11 No Power

“Jesus answered, You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” John 19:11

Jesus had been arrested and brought to Pilate for a trial. The leaders who brought Jesus in wanted Him to be crucified…killed. Pilate tried to give Jesus a chance. He tried to have Jesus defend Himself, but Jesus did not say anything at all. He tells Jesus that he has the power to free Him or crucify Him. Jesus in turn points out that without God giving him power, he would have none at all.

People everywhere like to express their authority. They like to point out how powerful they are and what they can do. This especially happens when they want to use that power on someone else to get them to do something specific.

When a person expresses this type of power, most people get fearful. They look at the situation and feel they are backed into a corner. Many will back down and do what that person requested out of fear, even if they did nothing wrong.

This can often happen in a workplace for Christian believers. A believer does some witnessing and a supervisor states that he must stop or his job is threatened. Many believers will back down and stay quiet.

What you as a believer must do is first ask God on what to do. Does God want you to back down? If not, do not worry about the power the other person has. All the power any person has is what God has allowed them to have.

Pilate would not have had any power to crucify Jesus unless God had given him that power. The same goes for any person today.

Who do you fear more? The person in an authoritative position in this world? Or God?

Follow God and trust that He has the situation under His control. God may be using you to reach someone. Or He may be using the other position to move you so you can help someone else.

Are you willing to be used by God? Are you willing to trust His authority over all men?

I pray today that you will know that God is in control; that you will not fear what men threaten; that you will do what God wants you to do; and that Jesus will use you to draw many to Him.

God’s Provision

The last week and a half has been a great trial for my family. It seemed like if something could go wrong it did.

It started with one of the hinges on the back door broke, so the door was hanging by one hinge. The hinge cannot be replaced in itself, the whole frame has to be replaced. Amazingly God is keeping the door still attached till we can get a different frame and door. We have one, but with the rain and business of life, I have not been able to install it yet. God is providing for our needs.

A little over a week ago our main vehicle, a suburban, broke down. We had no idea as to what was wrong for sure. It is about 10 years old, with 325,000 miles on it. I was nervous that it would be down for good. Besides that, I have no extra money to pay for the repairs. I have a large family and need large vehicles to transport them. It takes the suburban and another vehicle to go anywhere as a family.

We had it towed to a shop and was told there that it would be nearly $2,000 worth of repairs. There was nothing we could do about it. It sat there while we prayed and tried to figure out what to do next.

A couple of days later, my van then broke down. It was in some extreme heavy rain storm. My wife and one son was with me. My little baby was home, waiting to be fed. The serpentine belt fell off the pulleys somehow.

Amazingly, a friend was in the area that is a mechanic. He came by and after a few minutes and getting soaked, he was able to put the belt back on and we drove home.

The following day a friend heard about our suburban and had it towed to a different mechanic. That mechanic was able to do the repairs in less than half the other price. Along with that, our friend provided the money for the repairs and we were able to get our suburban back.

Through all of this our needs have been met. God is providing in miraculous ways! I do not understand why these things are happening, I just know who is in control.

I pray that you will trust God in whatever your situation is in your life. I hope that this little testimony of God’s provision for my family will encourage you today. God is faithful and He promised to meet all of our needs. He is doing that for me, and I know He will do it for you.