Sunday School Perspective:
by Minnie Malone Cook
The study of the lesson is in the book of John, Chapter 21: Verses 15-25 and it offers study about Gods personal challenge to Simon Peter.
Key Verse: “So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.” John 21:15 KJV: This verse reveals that God has chosen Simon Peter to become the leader He knew he was capable of being.
The lesson topic for Sunday, Apr. 15, 2018 is “Feeding Time” and the lesson offers love, forgiveness and genuine kindness by reassuring Simon Peter of his ability and the other disciples as well.
The objective for students and readers is to study God’s word and fully understand that regardless of circumstances believers must forgive, love one another, and follow Jesus Christ.
Jesus Reaffirms Peter’s Leadership (John 21:15-17)
The lesson unfolds sometime after the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the writer John reveals his account with the Messiah. It begins with Jesus appearing to the disciples at the shore of the Sea of Tiberias. Having nurtured and fed the disciples He addresses the leader Simon Peter endeavoring to reaffirm his love so that he will realize his error and confirm his love and understand his chosen course and commitment. “So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.” (Verses 15-17)
Jesus’ Charge (John 21:18-23)
It is important in these verses that Jesus knew that Simon Peter had to recover from his three denials so that would be ready and able to accept the important task he would be given. He further encouraged Simon Peter “signifying by what death he should glory God.” It is clear, Jesus Christ challenge to Simon Peter was to follow Him totally, love Him completely, in the following days of his life. It is clear to each of us today as we study the lesson that believers must accept the challenge as we feed others until death. “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, when thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, follow me. Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me. Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?.” (Verses 18-23)
The Messiah Lives (John 21:24-25)
These verses emphasize that Jesus Lives. The writer, John, offers his own testimony and as believers we must be found enlightening other. “This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true. And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.” (Verses 24-25)
PRAISE THE LORD.