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Do You Love Jesus?
By Brian Price 12/31/09

"15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.

16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep." - John 21:15-17

When Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved him, he was reminding Peter of his denial. Peter, in response to his questions kept saying, Of course Lord, I love you. But it grieved Peter because it reminded him of what he did just some few days before. Although Jesus had forgiven Peter, he was still trying his heart.

Sometimes we are faced with this question, "Do you love me?" Jesus is asking you, if you love him. If you do, then you'll keep his commandments. What commandments you might ask? The one that summarizes all the law and the prophets is, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul, with all thy mind, and with all thy strength, and thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The other commandments are, Don't commit adultery, don't steal, don't bear false witness against thy neighbor, honor thy father and thy mother. Jesus said, If you love me, keep my commandments (John 14:15).

"19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?" - James 2:19-20

You can say you love Jesus all you want to, but if you don't keep his commandments, then your love is vain. You see, the devils know who Jesus is. They know he's the Holy One of Israel. They know he is God. But they're going to hell. But don't fool yourself into thinking that just because you believe in Jesus, that you're going to heaven. The Bible says that faith without works is vain. There are people who profess that they know God, but in works, they deny him being abominable and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate (Titus 1:16).

Corey Ten Boom, author of the Hiding Place which was a famous true story about her survival through the Nazi concentration camps; her father said one time, "Just because a mouse is in a cookie jar, that doesn't make him a cookie, now does it?"

Likewise, just because one says he is a Christian, that doesn't necessarily make him one, now does it?

"2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.

3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me." - John 16:2-3

Jesus foretold of the persecution of the Christians. He said in Mark that the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the child, and children shall rise up against their parents and cause them to be put to death (see Mark ch. 13). All of this has happened since Jesus ascended into heaven. Many Christians have been brutally murdered, outcast, and shunned by family members all because they believe in Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.

But in John 16, Jesus specifically said that they would do these things unto the Christians, "...because they have not known the Father, NOR ME." He was foretelling the persecution of the Christians by unbelievers, but also by other so-called Christians. Those that claimed to know Jesus would persecute and kill the real Christians. This has also happened. Take the Catholic Church and its inquisitions for example. So-called men of God burned innocent Christians at the stake all because of the Christians' belief that the eucharist was not the literal body and blood of Jesus Christ. Go read Foxe's Book of the Martyrs and see for yourself.

I've personally experienced persecution by those who have claimed to love Jesus. But they never trully knew him. Because if they knew him, they would do what he says. My former mother-in-law said to me at one point, "If I could rip your wife and daughter out of your arms and lock you up in a mental hospital, I WOULD!" Many other things this wicked woman did to me, and she claimed to know Jesus Christ. My friend, people like this woman do not know the Lord. God loves her and wants her to repent, but she is no Christian. She did take my wife and daughter from me, and literally almost drove me to the mad house because of her evil deeds to me, falsely accusing me of rape, child abuse, and many other things. Were it not for God, I wouldn't be here today.

You too may think you know Jesus, but if you're living in sin, then maybe you really don't know him at all?

"9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God." - 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

The Bible says here plainly that sinners go to hell, if they've never been forgiven through our Lord Jesus Christ (see verse 11). He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life (John 3:36). If you've never asked Jesus to forgive you of your sins, why don't you do that right now?