John 21:15, When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.” 16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” and he said to Him, “Lord, You know everything; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.
For the past few weeks, most of us spent a lot of time focusing on the events of Jesus’ life leading up to the resurrection. Sunday was that day so the story is over and we can move on – not hardly! I thought I would spend this week looking at some of the most important events that took place in Jesus’ life on earth after the resurrection.
Today I want to look at Jesus’ encounter with Peter. Remember, the last time we saw Peter he had boldly promised Jesus he would never deny Him, and then Peter did just that. He denied Christ not once, or twice, but three times. The Bible says, “Peter wept bitterly!” Why, because he had blown it; he had dropped the ball; he had broken his promise to Jesus and felt utterly shamed and humiliated.
However; in John 21, Jesus tracks Peter down, and Peter is doing the only thing he knows to do; he went back to fishing. When Jesus found Peter, He asked Peter if he loved Him. Peter responded, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love you.” Then Jesus told him to “Feed My sheep!”
And just how did Peter respond to Christ’s challenge? He wrote the book of 1st Peter. Beginning this Sunday, I will teaching a series of sermons from the book of 1st Peter. Together- let’s examine those words “Feeds My sheep”.
Think about it, and I hope to see you in church on Sunday.
John Mark Caton, Ph.D