Abide – Good Morning
Lord Jesus Christ’s Grace Is There for Us When We Fail
In John 21:15-19 NLT says, “15 After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him. 16 Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.” “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said. 17 A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep. 18 “I tell you the truth, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to let him know by what kind of death he would glorify God. Then Jesus told him, “Follow me.”
This chapter tells how our Lord Jesus Christ commissioned Peter. Perhaps Peter needed special encouragement after his denial – he may have felt completely worthless.
In this beach scene, our Lord Jesus Christ led Peter through an experience that would remove the cloud of his denial. Peter had denied our Lord Jesus Christ three times. Three times our Lord Jesus Christ asked Peter if he loved Him. When Peter answered yes, our Lord Jesus Christ told him to feed His sheep. It is one thing to say we love our Lord Jesus Christ, but the real test is willingness to serve Him.
Peter had repented, and here our Lord Jesus Christ was asking him to commit his life. Peter’s life changed when he finally realized who our Lord Jesus Christ was. His occupation changed from fisherman to evangelist; his identity changed from impetuous to “rock”; and his relationship to our Lord Jesus Christ changed – he was forgiven, and he finally understood the significance of our Lord Jesus Christ’s words about His death and resurrection.
This was a prediction of Peter’s death by crucifixion. Tradition indicates that Peter was crucified for his faith – upside down because he did not feel worthy of dying as his Lord did. Despite what Peter’s future held, our Lord Jesus Christ told him to follow Him. We may be uncertain and fearful about our future. But if we know God is in control, we can confidently follow our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!
Abide – Good Night
Peace in a Troubled Sea
In John 16:31-33 NLT says, “31 Jesus asked, “Do you finally believe? 32 But the time is coming – indeed it’s here now – when you will be scattered, each one going his own way, leaving Me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. 33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in Me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
The implied exasperation in the statement is conveyed better by “You believe at last!” The disciples had taken a small but real step forward in understanding. Our Lord Jesus Christ continued to tell them what was going to happen so that their faith would be strengthened in the end: “But the time is coming-in fact, it is already here-when you will be scattered, each one going his own way, leaving Me alone.” Scattered alludes to the prophecy in Zechariah 13:7. As predicted, the disciples abandoned our Lord Jesus Christ when He was arrested (Matthew 26:56; Mark 14:50). Even though our Lord Jesus Christ was abandoned by His disciples, He was not completely alone. As our Lord Jesus Christ said previously (John 8:29), here He says, “Yet I am not alone because the Father is with Me.”
In a final note of encouragement, our Lord Jesus Christ promised the disciples peace through their union with Him – for He would overcome the world by rising from the grave. The world, Satan’s system that is opposed to God, will give the believers many trials and sorrows. But our Lord Jesus Christ has beaten Satan’s system, won the victory, and overcome the world. Before His own trial, our Lord Jesus Christ could already speak of an accomplished task. This adds impact to His victory over Satan since He not only accomplished it, He predicted it! The disciples could constantly rejoice in the victory because they were on the winning team.
Our Lord Jesus Christ summed up all He had told them this night, tying together themes from John 14:27-29, 16:1-4, and 16:9-11. With these words He told His disciples to take courage. Despite the inevitable struggles they would face, they would not be alone. Just as our Lord Jesus Christ’s Father did not leave Him alone, our Lord Jesus Christ does not abandon us to our struggles either. If we remember that the ultimate victory has already been won, we can claim the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ in the most troublesome times. Our Lord Jesus Christ wants us to have peace. Amen!
The Gospel – The Good News
In John 3:16-17 NLT says, “16 “For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.”
The message of The Good News – The Gospel comes to a focus in these verses. God’s love is not static or self-centered; it reaches out and draws others in. Here God sets the pattern of true love, the basis for all love relationships – when we love someone dearly, we are willing to give freely to the point of self-sacrifice. God paid dearly with the life of His Son, the highest price He could pay. Our Lord Jesus Christ accepted our punishment, paid the price for our sins, and then offered us the new life that He had bought for us. When we share the Good News with others, our love must be like our Lord Jesus Christ’s – willingly giving up our own comfort and security so that others might join us in receiving God’s unconditional love.
In John 14:6-7 NLT says, “6 Jesus told him, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through Me. 7 If you had really known Me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him!”
This is one of the most basic and important passages in Scripture. How can we know the way to God? Only through our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Way because He is both God and man. By uniting our lives with His, we are united with God. Trust our Lord Jesus Christ, and in the power of the Holy Spirit to take you to our Father God, and all the benefits of being God’s child will be yours.
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Love God, Love People, and Make Disciples,
Pastor/Chaplain Elias Aguilar Busuego Jr PhD DTM
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Chaplain – American Legion (AL) District 10 – Texas, AL Post 302 Hutto, TX, formerly at AL Post 447 Round Rock, TX
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