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.” 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.” John 21:15-16.
How many times did Peter deny Christ Jesus? Peter is the disciple who did not want to Jesus to wash his feet. After the resurrection Jesus asks, a question, Do you love me? When Peter declared his love, Jesus gave him his work, Feed my sheep. In Acts 2, who preached? Peter! And three thousand believed and were saved.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John 10:11. Jesus cares for us. Each day we answer His same question in our lives, “Do you love me?” We answer Him each moment by the choices we make. Our choices are followed by others. At the end of each day can we answer with assurance?
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3.
He feeds us, cares for us, and gives us peace. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. John 14.27a.
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. John 21:17.