Sometime after the Resurrection of Jesus
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
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.”
said, “Feed my sheep. I tell you the truth, 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.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind
of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him,
turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them.
(This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and
had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) When Peter saw him, he
asked, “Lord, what about him?”
answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that
to you? You must follow me.” Because of this, the rumor spread among the
brothers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that
he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I
return, what is that to you?”
This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.
said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you:
Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of
Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms.”
he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told
them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the
dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be
preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are
witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has
promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power
from on high.”
did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I
suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books
that would be written.
did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which
are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may
believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing
you may have life in his name.
would a huge mistake to think that the entire life and ministry of
Jesus is contained in the four gospels. As John indicated, it would be
impossible to record everything in books.
was recorded is designed to reveal Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God,
the complete fulfillment of the Old Testament Scriptures. And the
purpose of this revelation is so that we might believe in Him. And
further, that by believing, we will have life in His Name.
designed the plan, God accomplished the plan, and God revealed His plan
very clearly to us. He did all the heavy lifting. We have only to read,
hear, and believe. It could not be any simpler.
this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is
in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son
of God does not have life.
write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so
that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we
have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will,
he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know
that we have what we asked of him.
(I John 5:11-15)
Do you have the Son?