September 28, 2016
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Let’s talk about sheep…
Jesus Reinstates Peter:
“When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of Jonas, do you love me more than these?'”
“Yes, Lord, he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
Again Jesus said, “Simon son of Jonas, do you love me?”
He answered, ” Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
The third time he said to him, “Simon, son of Jonas, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”
*”The third time Jesus asks Simon Peter, the Lord uses Peter’s own word, and His question seems to say, “Dost thou, in personal affection and devotion, really love Me?” The third time, to him who had three times denied Christ, and this time the love which Peter knows has ever filled his soul seems to be doubted. The question cuts to the very quick, and in the agony of the heart smarting beneath the wound, he appeals in more empathetic words than before to the all-seeing eye that could read the very inmost secrets of his life, “Lord, Thou knowest all things; Thou knowest that I love Thee.”
What Jesus is saying to Simon Peter here, “Feed my lambs; be a shepherd to the weak ones of the flock; feed these weak ones.” He who loved Christ is to be like Christ, a good shepherd, giving his life for the sheep who are Christ’s. He who had been loved and forgiven, held up that he might not fall, restored after he had fallen, is what Christ had been to him – feeding men with spiritual truths as they can bear them, gently guiding and caring for those who are as the weak ones of the flock through ignorance, prejudice, waywardness. The chief work of every true apostle of Christ, is to win back the erring, helpless, sinful sons of men; and the power which fits them for this work is the burning love which quickens all other gifts and graces, and can appeal to the Good Shepherd Himself, “Lord, Thou knowest all things; Thou knowest that I love Thee.”
No one can be qualified to feed the sheep and lambs of Christ, who does not love the good Shepherd more than any earthly advantage or object. It is the great concern of every good man, whatever death he dies, to glorify God in it; for what is our chief end but this, to die to the Lord, at the word of the Lord?”
Personally, I’m focused on becoming the best good shepherd I can be, because it’s the most important thing I’ll ever do in my lifetime. If we love our Savior, Jesus Christ, we must work for Him, The Good Shepherd, and watch over, feed and take care of His sheep …”win back the sinful souls of men.”
My prayer for all of us this week, is that we will love our Lord Jesus with all our hearts and that we will dedicate our lives to the work of our beloved Jesus Christ, The Good Shepherd.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.” – Luke 10:27
GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!
I love you,
*Note: A special Thank You, to BibleGateway.com, for biblical clairity of the scripture – John 21:15-17