Read today's scripture here: John 21:15-26
The first thing I find beautifully orchestrated is Jesus sitting down with Peter and restoring their relationship. This is giving us a perfect model of what I believe "forgiveness" should look like, although it doesn't usually look like this at all. Jesus sits down with Peter, who said he would die for Jesus, but then turns around in fear and denies even knowing him on three (3) separate occasions during Christ's death.
Jesus asks Peter three (3) questions, all in the same way, but all with different meanings. After he had denied him 3 times, he is restored 3 times with instruction. For whatever reason, perhaps because God calls us who we become when we have learned a hard lesson, there is a transition in Peter. The transition, I believe, happens in this very moment when Simon Peter (the wishy washy believer) transforms into Peter, the Son of John, "the rock" on which he will build his church.
Now this is where my brain and heart start clicking. There is another disciple following them here. This disciple is referred to as "the one Jesus loves". I believe it is John, who I believe wrote this gospel. However John is not referring to himself, he continues to talk about himself in third person it would seem. Why? He even shares that a rumor started about himself, but doesn't say that, he continues to reflect on the disciple that Jesus loves. He even goes on to tell you that it is the disciple referred to in this passage that wrote all this down. He goes on even further to suggest that he has testified or witnessed it all first hand.
Finally this disciple shares that if everyone wrote down all the miracles that Jesus did, there would not be enough room in the world to contain all the books.
It's all about relationship. A personal contact. A walk with Jesus.