Thoughts and questions, w. b. 3/5/20
Breakfast on the beach was finishing as we have this conversation between Jesus and Peter. It has been suggested that these three questions about love (v15, 16, 17) relate to forgiveness for Peter’s three denials (John 18:17, 25, 27).
- What do you think love means within these verses?
- For whose benefit were these questions for, and why?
- Do you know that you have been forgiven for your sins? How do you know?
Church history suggests that Peter was killed by crucifixion, but that his cross was suspended upside-down at his request, as he felt unworthy to die in the same manner as Jesus.
- Why do you think John suggests that Peter’s death would ‘glorify God’? – v19
- What must it be like to be arrested for claiming to follow Jesus?
- How would it make you feel if there was someone from our church who had been arrested, even killed, for their faith?
As we read of Peter being dressed and led by others to where he doesn’t want to go (v18), spend some time thinking and praying about the Persecuted Church around the world. Many, many people have been and are being arrested, persecuted, tortured and killed for their faith. Pray for them and their families and Churches.
- As Jesus said it to Peter, so He says it to us, ‘Follow me!’ What does this mean for you today? – v19
- How can others help you in your following of Jesus, and how can you help others on their journey?
- In the discussion as to whether John will remain alive (v21-23) Jesus says ‘until I return’. How do you understand this happening, and when?
We will be returning to previous chapters of John’s Gospel over the next few weeks, but as we finish the Gospel here:
- What would you say are the key things you have learnt from the Gospel so far?