John 21:15-19 “So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 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.”
Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him three times and Peter answered Him, as the omniscient God who can read minds and thoughts of the heart, Peter said, “You know I love you.” Jesus never doubted that Peter loved Him but He wanted to make a point. That if you love Him, then do as (He) Jesus did and feed His people with spiritual food, by telling them about Jesus and what He did for us.
Peter became upset at Jesus for repeating the question like older people or people with Alzheimer’s disease do. However, Jesus did it three times because Peter didn’t get the point Jesus was trying to make. Jesus knew Peter’s mind was in grief, regret, and disappointment (because of rejecting Jesus three times earlier), yet thankful he was accepted and forgiven by Jesus.
Jesus knew He had to ascend because it was time for Him to go up and sit at the right hand of God the Father. So He didn’t have time to spoon feed Peter on what He (Jesus) wants His disciples to do. Which is feed the sheep, and to disregard past failures and disappointments. Therefore, Jesus had to ask Peter if he loved Him three times for the point to sink in, because Peter, though smart and brave, was also tough-headed.
Peter was asked three times to conceal his denial of Jesus three times. Jesus’ questions were Peter’s confession of love for Him; which resulted in the restoration of Peter ( John 21).
God wants to use us when we are young and can point the way to Jesus as John 21:18 is trying to tell us; young folks can go wherever and do whatever, but when you are old someone has to move you around. While we are young He wants us to be true disciples or Christians and tell others about Him and Calvary.
John chapter 21 verse 19 shows us that Jesus died glorifying God by being obedient to death, and also by loving, praying, and forgiving; Jesus’ last instruction in John 21:19 was to follow Him.
Pastors and Bishops are not to act as lords over their congregation, but to be an example to them as Christ was to His disciples (1 Peter 5:2-3). Their focus is to feed and care for the congregation.
God didn’t throw us away when Adam sinned, He sent Jesus to redeem and improve us so that we will be able to follow Jesus or refuse and follow the devil to hell.
Are you ready to follow Jesus? Then make your way up to the top of this blog and click on to the Salvation Prayer page. There you will read or, if you will, take the first steps in following Jesus and living for Him.
All glory, honor, praise and thanks go to God for using me to deliver this message. I pray that He will give all who read this message the spiritual gifts necessary to comprehend and act upon His word. I exercise my power and authority in the name of Jesus to bind every tactic of the enemy that will try to stop, hinder, or prevent this word from reaching its intended people. I ask the Lord to loose the Holy Spirit and the Heavenly angels to secure this word so that it reaches its intended people, according to Matthew 16:19 and Luke 10:19 in the Omnipotent name of Jesus, Amen.