Re: Verse reading–John 21:1-25 (day five)
“Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” There is uncertainty among scholars about the word “these”. Did “these” refer to the other disciples? Did “these” refer to the fish, boats, and nets? Maybe the more profound answer to the clear up this question is “YES”. What if the most important word in the question was “MORE” ? Then we filled in the blank “do you love Me more than ______________”.
Jesus challenges that our love and devotion to Him needs to be “more” than our earthly relationships, occupation, priorities, and security. Is it fair or wise for Him to ask/demand that loyalty? Again the answer is “YES”! What Jesus knows, is that loving Him MORE than ___________________, results in us becoming better spouses, parents, workers, students, friends, disciples, and church family. We gain a clearer understanding and have constant encounters of grace, forgiveness, patience, devotion, and sacrifice.