Yesterday, we saw that Jesus relied on God more over time, not less. While Jesus was constantly led by God, towards the end of His time on earth, He faced situations at the end of His life that He didn't want to do (were not His Will), yet did them because God led Him to do them. The same was said about Jesus' strongest disciple, Peter.
Remember, last week we covered the story of Jesus calling Peter "Satan".
After Jesus' resurrection, John records that Jesus asked Peter three times if Peter loved Him. When Peter said he did, Jesus response was to tell Peter to feed my sheep. Jesus is using causality to show Peter that the effect of true love is serving (LEADERSHIP). Said another way, doing the First Commandment (Loving God) is a CAUSE and the EFFECT is doing the Second Commandment (Loving your neighbor).
Jesus is saying that if a person loves Him, they will listen to Him...and He will be telling them to serve others.
Peter gets frustrated by the repetition and asks WHY Jesus keeps saying this.
"Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me." (John 21:18-19)
Jesus is blatantly telling Peter that as he continues God is going to direct Him more and more (GRACE) to the point Peter will be led into situations that he won't want to do...even unto death.