“Therefore, that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it) and plunged into the sea.” John 21:7
Obviously, I am inspired by Peter when it comes to the disciples; especially his love for the Lord. When he was told that Jesus was waiting on the shore, instead of waiting as the boat drew near, he plunged right into that water to swim to Jesus. Peter didn’t stew on his recent denial, he didn’t even try to hide in shame like “Oh man, Jesus knew I was gonna deny him, and I DID; not even once but 3 TIMES! He wouldn’t want to see me now.”
No, that’s not how the story went. Peter didnt hide himself within the boat in shame. Once they noticed it was Jesus speaking to them from the shore, Peter jumped into the sea rushing to be with his Lord and Savior! I know I’ve kinda dragged on the fact that he jumped out the boat but the implications spoken through this story is… amazing!
Peter messed up; but his love for Jesus overcame the mistakes he made in the past. Jesus constantly challenged Peter’s love. Lets rewind; We see this when the disciples are caught in a storm at sea and they see Jesus walking on water to where their boat was barely staying afloat. Peter asked "If its really you"
“My Lord, if you are He," Peter replied, "command me to come out to You on the water.”
Jesus allowed it and we find Peter, out of love and trust, taking his first step out onto the surface of the water beneath their boat. Peter takes a few steps towards Jesus but is shaken by the boisterous thunder! Lets not forget this is all going on during a storm. Peter goes under and starts to drown. I believe Peters shortcoming was a symbolical foretelling. How many times do we feel full in faith but then shy away because something shakes us atad. Still, despite Peters lack of faith, while drowning and frantically searching the dark waters, Peter’s hand was met by the strong and consistent grip of Jesus.
So Fast forward, despite Peters denial of even knowing the God-Man, after the scattering of ALL Jesus’s A1-day ones, Jesus STILL kept His promise to come back to them. Jesus still walked and talked with them, cleansed them, and even fed them. It was never about the disciples. Yeah, they played a great part in spreading the Gospel, but God can cause even the rocks to share the good news. It has always been about Jesus, Who He is, What He has done, and what He still is doing. His disciples knew this. Jesus was the embodiment of God’s love and called us His friends.
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit-fruit that will last-and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.
A LITTLE about the Author, Kristina
Thankful for who I AM. I am a woman after God's heart. A wife. A mother of 4 beautiful children. and a lover of all things good and true.. In that order. How do you do?