So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?”
He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”
Three times Jesus asked Simon Peter if he loved Him.
It loses something in the translation though.
Jesus asked Peter, “Do you agape me?”
Agape is correctly translated as love but it loses the full meaning.
Agape is a full love, a self-sacrificing love in which you show love by giving your whole being to another.
Peter’s response is not with the use of agape but with phileo, which is more of a brotherly love.
I like to say his response is, “Yes, Lord; You know that I really, really like You!”
Jesus asks the same question again and Peter answers the same again.
Finally, Jesus asks, “Do you phileo me?”
Jesus always comes to our level to meet Him.
He came all the way to a manger in Bethlehem.
He came all the way to the cross of Calvary.
And He’s coming all the way back to get us to be with Him.