Monday, February 20, 2012
"Do you love me more than these?"
The other possibility is "these fish." We don't usually say "these" when we're talking about people. In verse 10, Jesus had asked him bring him some of the fish they had caught, so He was probably pointing at those fish. Why would He use fish as a comparison? It was because Peter was probably thinking about returning to his fishing business. He may have been thinking, "I've put in three hard years of following Jesus, and I'm ready to go back to fishing. I love fishing!"
Jesus in so many words said, "Peter, I'm not done with you yet. You're just getting started. Now I want you to go out and teach people everything you've learned from Me. Feed my sheep. Do you love me more than the fish?"
It's a question He asks all of us. "Do you love me more than fishing?" "Do love me more than football?" "Do you love me more than your hobby?" "Do you love me more than Facebook?" "Do you love me more than . . . "