"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Friday, May 6, 2011

“Grace" - The Final Word on John’s Gospel

Earlier this week I posted a few thoughts on the final passage of John that we looked at in the spring small group session.  Appropriately, we ended this study with a lesson on being restored, even if all seems unforgivable, and being commissioned to “feed His sheep."  That should keep us going for a long while.

The video below was shown at ROCC this past Sunday during Andrew’s excellent message on this scripture.  For those that were present, you will recall that it is a representation of John 21:15 - 23, through a contemporary skit, that actually allows us to better hear these verses speak to us from the original participants. It’s important that the viewer realizes the personality of Peter throughout the New Testament would seem to be in line with that of the guy in the clip.  Reading John 21 (see below) would also help to comprehend the significance of this moment and the emotion that is shown.  I think it is just great.  I hope you do as well.

John 21:15-23

 15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”   “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
   Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
 16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
   He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
   Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
 17 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. 

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