Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.
This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.
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. – John 21:13-17 (KJV).
I am becoming convinced that part of my new ministry is to the women at my salon lol. They have got questions and God has the answers. In the passage of scripture quoted above Jesus is speaking to Simon Peter and it seems sort of redundant that He keeps asking Peter the same question over and over; however, this conversation takes place after His resurrection. We know that before Jesus was crucified that He informed the same Peter that before the cock crowed that Peter would deny Him three times, and just as Jesus stated, Peter did. This time when speaking to Peter, Jesus asks him “do you love me?” and Peter answers in the affirmative three times. The first time, please note that Jesus asks about lambs. What are lambs? They are baby sheep; lambs refer to weak, new, young or immature Christians. These Christians need to be led or taught God’s Word and laws. They need what is commonly referred to as the “milk of the Word”, we teach lambs of God how to lived saved and holy, about reading the Word and fasting and praying because anything stronger than that they may not be able to handle. Consider a newborn baby, do we give them steak, chicken and mashed potatoes? No, we feed them breast milk or formula until their digestive systems are able to maintain heavier and more solid food! Babes in Christ are no different.
After Jesus instructs Peter to feed His lambs, he asks him again if he loves him and again Peter answers in the affirmative, then Jesus tells him to feed His sheep. Jesus’ sheep are more mature Christians and they may not need fed with the Word, but they may need some guidance, encouragement, discipline and restoration among other things. It is important that we remember what Jesus told Peter. So many Christians, both babes in Christ and mature ones are falling away because of false doctrines, false teachers and lack of the Word. Every time I go to my salon someone has a question for me regarding God, salvation, Christianity or something else and it makes me wonder, where are the called and the chosen? Why are God’s people perishing? Is there anyone left? Why are God’s lambs and sheep malnourished and dying?
I am OVERJOYED that God has placed me in the position to minister the truth of His word to people. I meet opposition every time, but the trying of my faith worketh patience and I am not discouraged. So many people are lost yet have the desire to know God, but they are either afraid or misinformed. Jesus asked if we love Him. If we love Him we would keep His commandments. He told us to go into all the World and preach the Gospel, so what is the Gospel? It is the birth, death, resurrection and saving power of Jesus Christ! He sat at the Last Supper and He fed His sheep, and now it is our turn. People are hungering and thirsting after righteousness and it is our jobs as followers of Jesus to feed them; this is a part of our worship of God and our reasonable service. Peter never forgot the lesson or instruction from Jesus:
Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock. – 1 Peter 5:2-3.
I go back to the salon on Thursday. I hope they’re hungry! 😉
A Pastor’s Wife