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The third time that the Lord appeared to the remaining eleven Apostles after His resurrection, they enjoyed a meal of fresh fish that he had prepared Himself. While they ate, Jesus asked Simon Peter a question that seemed strange to the Apostle, "Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these?" (John 21:15† ). James Burton Coffman writes:
More than what? More than the big catch of fishes? More than the fishing business? More than the other apostles, of whom he had boasted that his love was greater? The words of Jesus are not specific here, and why should men feel the compulsion to be otherwise? Perhaps all of the above meanings, in one degree or another, are implicit in the Master's words here to his servant who denied him.
What did Jesus have in mind when He asked Peter this question? How would you answer the question? It is an important question. Let us take a closer look.