2011-04-25 - What Would a Disciple Say?
Again Jesus said, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me?" He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Take care of my sheep." (John 21:16)
It was if nothing had happened. No one wanted to bring up the obvious, Jesus had recently been raised from the dead and now He supernaturally appeared on a beach, serving us breakfast. I wanted to talk to Him about more important and consequential items than how many fish I wanted to eat. I just did not know how to bring up the subject. I didn't have to, for Jesus started questioning Simon Peter about his love for Him.
The question came out of nowhere. Jesus asked Simon Peter if he loved Him more than the rest of us. At first, I didn't understand why Jesus would ask that sort of question. Never pictured Jesus the type who wanted us to compete over Him. Given the fact Simon Peter was the one who denied knowing Jesus, the question made sense.
Simon Peter replied "yes." So Jesus told Simon Peter to feed His lambs. Lambs? Absurd. Jesus knew Simon Peter was a fisherman, and not a shepherd.
This question-and-answer dialogue happened three times. Jesus wasn't talking literally, as I should have known. Sheep represented people in need of God, and how Simon Peter was to be a man who would lead others to Jesus Christ. Jesus went on to tell Simon Peter the type of death he would endure to glorify God. Simon Peter asked what kind of death John would experience. Jesus told Simon Peter not to worry about John's outcome, rather focus on his own, and yes, Jesus did not waste an opportunity to remind him to feed the lambs.
Lord, I will feed Your sheep. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.