“After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs, “Jesus told him. Jesus repeated the question: “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.” “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said. A third time He asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time, He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.” John 21:15-17, NLT
Post-Resurrection: Affirming That Love!”
Days and weeks after the Resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples and other people on various occasions. These sightings further substantiated the Lord’s victory over death and the grave. John alone, tells of the reunion Jesus had with the Twelve, minus Judas Iscariot, when they were on a fishing expedition. The youngest among them, John, first observed Jesus standing on the shore as the disciples struggled to catch fish. As on another occasion, the disciples had failed in their mission. Jesus again instructed them to place their fishing net in the opposite direction. To their wonderment, they pulled in a large catch of gleaming fish. It was when they returned some 100 feet to the shore line, they recognized Jesus as the stranger giving them directions from the shore. After sharing a meal, Jesus confronted Peter with an old Jewish custom. He questioned Peter three times about his willingness to lead others; and to instruct new converts into the faith. Jesus framed the questions by testing Peter’s love and commitment to Him. In the tradition of Jesus, questions were asked, not for fear of doubting a person; but out of belief in the person’s willingness to trust God and do what is right. So, after each question Jesus asked, Peter responded. Jesus confidently instructed Peter to “feed” (prepare) others to become disciples. Like Peter, we can confidently affirm our sure love for the risen Christ!