Turn toward Jesus Christ, Jesus will meet you wherever you are!

In the English language, we have just one word for “love”. In the Greek, there are 4. There comes the diminished understanding within a complete understanding of the Bible text in John 21:13-17.

Most all English Bibles use the word “love” in a dialog between Jesus and Peter, after the resurrection and just before the ascension, but this doesn’t provide us with the full meaning of what is going on here, but with a Greek Interlinear, we can see the true differences within the questions and answers between Jesus and Peter.

John 21:13-17 from the Hebrew Names Version of the Bible

13 Then Yeshua came and took the bread, gave it to them, and the fish likewise. 14 This is now the third time that Yeshua was revealed to his talmidim, after he had risen from the dead. 15 So when they had eaten their breakfast, Yeshua said to Shim`on Kefa, “Shim`on, son of Yonah, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I have affection for you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him again a second time, “Shim`on, son of Yonah, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I have affection for you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Shim`on, son of Yonah, do you have affection for me?” Kefa was grieved because he asked him the third time, “Do you have affection for me?” He said to him, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I have affection for you.” Yeshua said to him, “Feed my sheep.”  [bold and underlines added]

John 21:13-17 from the Complete Jewish Version of the Bible

13 Yeshua came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time Yeshua had appeared to the talmidim after being raised from the dead. 15 After breakfast, Yeshua said to Shim`on Kefa, “Shim`on Bar-Yochanan, do you love me more than these?” He replied, “Yes, Lord, you know I’m your friend.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 A second time he said to him, “Shim`on BarYochanan, do you love me?” He replied, “Yes, Lord, you know I’m your friend.” He said to him, “Shepherd my sheep.” 17 The third time he said to him, “Shim`on BarYochanan, are you my friend?” Shim`on was hurt that he questioned him a third time: “Are you my friend?” So he replied, “Lord, you know everything! You know I’m your friend!” Yeshua said to him, “Feed my sheep!”   [bold and underlines added]

The point? Look at the first two responses of Peter to Jesus’ questions of “do you love me?” Peter replies, well…I have affection for you or well, I am your friend. Hardly coming up to the level where Jesus was in His questioning. So the third question comes…note the change. We see Jesus coming down, if you will, to meet Peter where he was in his understanding of the relationship he had with Jesus. To Jesus, it is about relationship; He will come to you where you are if you will have faith in who He is!

The book, A Different Kind of Tree, is about this growing in the faith and having a relationship with Christ Jesus. If you will first turn toward Jesus Christ, Jesus will meet you wherever you are! Whether you are wealthy or poor, healthy or sick, wise or ignorant, homeless, a criminal,, or any other manner of person…Jesus loves you this I know, for the Bible tells us so!

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