Jesus is the Restorer
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
If Peter’s sin of denial had not been dealt with publicly, it might have been deemed trivial by others and him. Peter, acknowledged leader of the Apostles, had acted as a coward and traitor. The disciples knew it. His sincerity was under suspicion. Restoring Peter’s honor required drastic action, special public treatment.
This must have been extremely trying for Peter. He had no way to escape the Lord’s probing questions. Peter had three times openly said, “I do not know Jesus!” Now he would be asked three times to say openly, “Jesus, I love you.”
John 21:15a (Holman) When they had eaten breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, . . .”
Jesus called the Apostle by his former, pre-commissioning name (John 1:42). Simon had not yet proven himself worthy of the name Peter, which meant rock. His life thus far had been quite a bit less than firm and dependable.
A name can be used very effectively. When I was a child, I knew all was well if my parents called me John. When they said, “John Edward,” I knew they were displeased. If they said, “John Edward Marshall!” I knew I was in serious trouble. The Apostle eventually became Peter, but for now Simon had to do.
John 21:15b “. . . Do you love Me more than these?”
Simon could have been asked. “Why did yo