by Roby Ellis
[Scripture Reading: Luke 5:4-8]
A. When the Lord confronted Peter beside the Galilee after His resurrection (John 21:15-19), the scene was reminiscent of an earlier encounter they had there.
B. Each time Jesus asks, “Do you love Me?,” He is challenging a different level of Peter’s professed devotion for Him.
C. Jesus demands that we love Him more than anyone or anything else.
I. Is there anyone or anything that you love more than Jesus?
A. We need to love Jesus more than any other master (Matthew 6:24; 11:28-29).
B. We must love Him more than the praises of men (Matthew 6:5; 23:6-7; John 12:42-43; Galatians 1:10).
C. We must love Him more than any earthly relations (Matthew 10:34-38).
D. We must love Him more than life itself (Matthew 10:39; John 12:25).
II. The reasons for loving Jesus are too many to number.
A. We should love Him because of where He came from (John 8:42).
B. We should love Him because of His great love for us (1 John 4:19).
C. We should love Him because of His forgiveness (Luke 7:47).
D. We should love Him because of the great sacrifices He has made for us (John 10:17-18; Ephesians 5:1-2).
A. No one could ever love you more than Jesus does.
B. He should have no competition in our lives for the fullest measure of our love and devotion.