Parents don’t generally give their child massive responsibility without first
ensuring they can handle it. We have multiple conversations with them. We ask
them the same question repeatedly. We want to make sure they are committed
to the task. While it can seem frustrating to the child, it helps us gauge their
seriousness. If they respond well, it also helps them see their commitment to the
task. Jesus seems to be doing something similar here in John 21:15–19.
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