The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”
After Peter’s three denials in John 18 come three questions ‘Do you love me?, Do you love me? Do you love me?’ Jesus forces Peter to face his past mistakes and then in such a way that he can’t fail to see it, he forgives him. Jesus is a God of fresh starts, who longs to reinstate us and give us every opportunity to work for him.
How would you answer Christ’s question?