"Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?" (John 18:15) were the first questions Jesus asked after He rose from the dead.
Why are you weeping? Why am I weeping?
What makes us feel that we're lost, we haven't found it, life is empty and futile?
It depends on whom we seek, isn't it?
If it's the Lord, He is right here.
The next question Jesus asked was to the disciples after their night of fishing.
"Children, you do not have any fish do you?" (John 21:5)
Have you been working all night - all your life - and not have any fish?
The disciples were smart.
They didn't say, "Well, we'd not been fishing for awhile, takes some getting used to."
They didn't rationalize, "Well, failure is the mother of success."
They answered, "No." Simply. Honestly. No "because . . . ", "perhaps . . . " "maybe . . . ."
And the Lord blessed them with all the fish they could ever dream of.
Question number three was asked three times - bam, bam, bam.
It was that important.
"Do you love Me?" (John 21:16-17)
Peter might have rehearsed over and over again in his mind why he failed, why he should be selected again, why he needed a second chance.
But the only question he got at the most important job interview of his life was:
"Do you love Me?"
Not, "Are you sorry?" for sorry doesn't cut it.
Not, "What promises can you make to this company?" for promises aren't important.
Not "Do you love Japan?" "Do you love the poor?" "Do you love to build houses?" "Do you love tending sheep?"
Just, "Do you love Me?"
Finally, the last question, "What is that to you?" (John 21:22)
Don't look at John. "If I want him to remain till I come, what is that to you?"
Don't look at this problem, that church, those people. "If I delay a little longer to deal with them, of if I didn't deal with them, what is that to you?"
"You follow Me." (John 21:22)
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- In the Old Testament in the Bible, there was a man named Jacob who "wrestled with God and man." He wouldn't let God go until God answered his prayers. God admired that and renamed him Israel, "the one who fought or wrestled and prevailed". He fought with man--his inner man--and conquered his own weaknesses. He's my hero. He is what I hope God and man see me to be.