So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these:” Simon Peter 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 Jonah, do you love me?”, he said to him yes Lord, you know that I love you. He said to Him, ”Tend my sheep”. Then He said the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things, You know that I love you. Jesus said to him, ” Feed My sheep.”
Our guest speaker at church this weekend taught from this passage. It was Jesus answer to Peter our speaker said in which Jesus showed Peter that his denial of Jesus 3 times was forgiven. Jesus inquired of Peter’s love in front of the others, this suggests that Christ is unwilling to entrust His little ones to one who does not love Him. When, again the Lord asks Peter if Peter loves Him, and asks him to feed His sheep, the Lord indicates that His sheep are very precious to Him and He would give His life for them. Jesus wanted Peter’s true feelings and not just a superficial answer from him. We need to think about how we would answer a question such as this from Jesus.