Love wins over the cruelest of heart
Peter’s Saturday evening contemplations about Thursday night. John 13
- Jesus’ new command to be known as people who love.
- Jesus showing love beyond comprehension in washing their feet.
- What is this new covenant?
Recalling his sermon: God’s type of love is not limited. Matthew 5:43-48
- Love your enemy. (44a)
- Doesn’t stop at avoiding retaliation.
- It means truly caring for them as if they were your closest friend.
- Wow! While being arrested Thursday night, Jesus took care of that soldier whose ear I cut off. Compassion and care for his soul.
- I thought I was having his back.
- Pray for those who persecute you. (44b)
- What a battle for the mind, to wrest away the thoughts of anger and replace it with prayer for them.
- “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
- A centurion soldier declaring “Surely he was the Son of God.”
- Forgive me for such a cruel heart.
- God forgive me for running at the first sign of persecution or trouble.
- God looks out for all people- righteous and unrighteous. (45b)
- I wasn’t righteous when he invited me to join him.
- I haven’t been righteous these past two days.
- I didn’t get clean before I came to him, I came to him to get clean.
- God’s type of love goes beyond loving those who love you back. (46-47)
- “Am I any different than a tax collector or pagan?”
- I am filled with judgment, envy, and pride.
- I am not perfect, for I have failed him. (48)
Awakened Sunday morning to stunning news.
- The tomb is empty.
- An angel said that he has risen.
- I run to the tomb to discover that she is correct.
- Mixed emotions: I am filled with incredible wonder, but also fear.
Double-minded dilemma. John 21:3-14
- I want to see him, but I am embarrassed for my actions.
- How will he respond to me?
- Finding peace while in inner conflict—go fishing.
- Jesus shows up and a repeat of full nets happens.
- Peter jumps out of the boat and heads to shore as fast as he can.
Love wins. John 21:15-19
- Do you love me? 3x
- 3x Peter affirms his love.
- Jesus declares that Peter will indeed love Jesus to the greatest end—death.
- Peter’s heart was won over by a crimson love and he became the leader of a message and movement of love—we stand on that story.
- Our dead bones and wretched hearts are now given new life. Thank you Jesus!
“Greater love has no one than this; to lay down one’s life for ones friends…This is my command: love each other.” John 15:13, 17
No one wants to be accused or found to be an impostor, especially by God himself. Jesus takes on false faith head on as he is building a Kingdom of Bona Fide believers who will follow him to the end and beyond.