John 21:15–19 (ESV)
Jesus and Peter
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. 18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were
young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” 19 (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify
God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”
Let’s go back to when Peter says Lord, I will never deny you. Good ole Peter proceeds to deny Jesus three times.
Today’s reading, Jesus asks Peter the question “do you love me?” three times. Peter says yes three times. This is like a restoration of his three denials. It is preparing Peter for the ministry when Jesus is gone.
The answer to the three questions are 1)Feed my lambs, 2) Tend my sheep, and 3) Feed my sheep. Jesus is going to need Peter and all the disciples to “feed my sheep” through their love and ministry. If you look at Peter’s reactions,
it is obvious that Peter love Jesus. Jesus is just loving Peter back and in a spiritual way, he restores Peter for the ministry.
I pray: O Lord, you know I love you too. I know my actions
don’t always reflect my love, and I’m sorry. Forgive me, restore me, and use me to further your Kingdom. I sincerely repent and want to do better. Amen.