Deep Connection, Intimate Counsel (Waking the Dead, Chapter 7)
John Eldredge goes into one of the most beautiful passages in the New Testament, John 21:15-17, actually through 22.
15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John,do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?”and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” 19 (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”
Jesus and the Beloved Apostle
20 Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who also had leaned back against him during the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” 21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” 22 Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!”
The ‘resurrected’ Jesus does a normal thing–He prepares a meal. But, He soon gets down to the business that calls Him, the pursuit of Peter. “Do you love me?” was His question to Peter. Sometime is probably lost here for us but we know that our Lord is pursuing a lowly, broken, disturbed and downcast follower. In this process He is going to call Peter back to Himself and on to greater glory. Peter needs Jesus at this moment. “So, do you love me?” The Lord uses one word for love and Peter uses another. In Jesus’ last call He switches to Peter’s word for love, getting on his level.
This pursuit and connection with the Lord Jesus shows Peter that His Lord and Master loves Him and believes in Him for his future and that is all that matters. These ‘words’–how do we refer to this exchange–words seem inadequate. This exchange meets the need and ministers to Peter for day if not longer.
When Jesus comes and gives the exact word/thought/emotion/song needed–that is what we long for–His validation that He is with us and He will continue with us–that is the concept we need in our hearts and will squelch the lies of the enemy and help us see that we are not alone, that the Lord is beside us and will move forward with us.
That is the ministry we need, His Intimate Counsel. Aaaah blessing!
Yes we “desire truth in the innermost being” because we do not want to loose heart. We want growth. We want freedom. We want to be fully alive. We want the enemy to be defeated.
Receiving God’s Intimate Counsel is one of the best chapters in Waking the Dead
Intimate Counsel comes from God our Heavenly Father. We need God’s intimate counsel in the worst way. Eldredge