In the passage of John 21:15-17 we see a time of critical change in the life of the church and Peter as an apostle. Peter had made a bold statement to Jesus prior to His arrest that he would go to prison and to death with Jesus (Luke 22:33). While his intentions were noble, we all know that he ended up denying three times that he ever knew Jesus. Jesus is crucified, is raised from the dead, and is now searching for Peter. When He finds Peter, He asks him in verse 15, Simon, son of John do you love me more than these? Another translation is, Simon, son of John, is there ROOM in your heart for me?
In order for Peter to move forward into the harvest, he had to make ROOM in his heart for the love of Jesus. This is the Ephesians 2:4, great love wherewith He loved us kind of love. Peter had to make the decision to love Jesus more than himself and the things that represented his identity. He could not accomplish his assignment in God as anointed minister of Christ; he could only attain success by surrendering to a son. Jesus restored Peter by facilitating a change of heart from self-serving orphan to a surrendered son. —Larry Burden