When we say, “there’s an elephant in the room”, what we usually mean (unless of course you’re in a game preserve in Africa and literally you wake up to an elephant in the room) is that there’s an issue that everyone is aware of but no one wants to talk about. Like when Dad said something mean to Mom and everyone in the house heard it and now the evening meal is eaten in hushed silence. Or when Mom washed Dad’s favorite white shirt with her red Santa sweater and dad just discovered it and now the house is eerily quiet.
This passage of scripture begins with an elephant in the room. Fortunately, Jesus knows what to do with elephants.
Sermon Study Questions: John 21
- Describe a time when you experienced the reconciliation of a relationship.
- Is it odd that Jesus wants to know whether or not Peter loves him?
- The expression of Peter’s love for Jesus from this point on looks like him, Peter, taking care of Jesus’ sheep. What sheep? And how is Peter supposed to feed and care for them?
- Jesus also indicates how Peter will die, “…by which Peter would glorify God”. How can any death bring glory to God?
- Are you in chaos in any relationships? How can you move toward resolution?