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. 16 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. 17 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. 18 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst 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. 19 This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.
After our Lord was taken away to be crucified, Peter’s dreams and desires were crushed. After Jesus was led away from Peter, Peter walked away from God. And, Peter went back to fishing, leading others to go with him. Though Peter may have given up on Jesus, Jesus didn’t give up on Peter. And, by the way, He never gives up on us. When we get to John chapter 21, we find Jesus trying to restore Peter’s relationship with Him and prepare Him for a future ministry that would, in due time, lead to his dying for Christ.
And, as often was the case with Jesus, it all starts and ends with a question. “Peter, Do you love Me?”
The most important question that echoes thru the ages, and is still asked of any follower of Jesus, is the same question that Jesus asked Peter three times, “Do you love me?” “Do you love Me more than these?”
Folks, this is basic Christianity at it’s very core. This is Christianity 101 [MATT 22:37-39]. This is where the rubber hits the road when it comes to being a follower of Jesus, a disciple of the Risen Lord!
Do we love Jesus more than father, family, friends, financial security, future ambitions, and those things that are familiar to us?
If so, we are called to FOLLOW JESUS and FEED HIS SHEEP (JN 21:15-22)!