Feed My Lambs

Jesus said to Simon Peter,
"Simon son of John,
do you truly love me more than these?"
"Yes, Lord," he said,
"you know that I love you."
Jesus said, "Feed my lambs."





Bible Basics Custom Google Site Search!

If you have any difficulty in finding what you’re looking for
on this Bible Basics Site
use the “Bible Basics Custom Google Site Search”
on the top of every page!






Do You Love Me?
Feed My Lambs

Jesus Reinstates Peter
John 21:15-19

15When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my lambs."

16Again 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."

17 The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, 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. 18 I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go." 19Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, "Follow me!"



Jesus Reinstates Peter
John 21:15-19

15When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter,
"Simon son of John, do you truly love
(agapao divine love) me...

· “Do You Love Me?” To be sure Jesus asks YOU and ME that question too; not-just Peter!

· Jesus will ask Peter THREE TIMES “Do you love me?”
What are some of the meanings?

· Do YOU (You, Me, Peter) Do YOU love me? Do YOU love JESUS?

This is the Ultimate Question in Life!
This is the question that answers, “What IS the Meaning of Life?”
Jesus is the WAY to Life! Living Life to the fullest in the “present” here on earth and by God’s Grace Life Eternal!
Do You Love Me? Do YOU Love JESUS are the most important questions in life that we are ever asked!

What is YOUR ANSWER?



15When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter,
"Simon son of John, do you truly love
(agapao divine love) me more than these?"
· Who are “these”?

· Jesus is asking Peter, Do you love me more than “these” are the other Disciples.

"Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love (phileo) you."
· Peter is reminded of his three denials of Christ!
· Peter has learned a measure of humbleness. Earlier Peter had boasted:

33Peter replied, "Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will."
Matthew 26:33

29Peter declared, "Even if all fall away, I will not."
Mark 14:29

33But he replied, "Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death."
Luke 22:33

37Peter asked, "Lord, why can't I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you."
John 13:37



· Peter does not claim to love Jesus more than the other disciples – Humility!
· Peter had died to self and to PRIDE – Humility!
· Isn’t “Pride” the Root of All Sin??? (Think about it!)
· Peter's humble response is love (phileo)

Jesus said, "Feed my lambs."
· Feed my lambs – Care for the Children of God.
16Again Jesus said, "Simon son of John, do you truly love (agapao divine love) me?"

He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love (phileo) you."

Jesus said, "Take care of my sheep."
· “Take Care of my Sheep” – Care for the people of God

17 The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love (phileo) me?"

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?"

· Peter is reminded again of his earlier prideful boasting and of his subsequent three denials

· Peter is being convicted of his sins and is truly repentant for his actions!

· The “hurt” is a brokenness of painful remorse that enables us to die to self, die to sin, die to pride to be able to RECEIVE God’s Grace of Love and Salvation.

· Salvation is being in a right relationship with God NOW and Salvation is our life eternal with God.


He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love (agapao divine love) you."

· Peter is acknowledging that Christ knows all things.

· Peter is acknowledging Jesus as his Lord.

· Peter is no longer contradicting Jesus. Example:

"No," said Peter, "you shall never wash my feet." Jesus answered,
"Unless I wash you, you have no part with me."

John 13:8

· Peter is now submitting his will obediently to the will of Jesus Christ his Lord and Savior.

· Peter is being OBEDIENT to the will of God!



Jesus said, "Feed my sheep.”
· “Feed my sheep.” – Be a Good Shepherd of God’s Flock/The Church

· Jesus is the Good Shepherd

John 10

The Shepherd and His Flock

1"I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. 3The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger's voice." 6Jesus used this figure of speech, but they did not understand what he was telling them.

7Therefore Jesus said again, "I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

11"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

14"I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father."

John 10:1-18



The Cost of Discipleship

18 I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go." 19Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God.

· Jesus is telling Peter that there is a COST of Discipleship!

· This is a major contrast between Peter’s Prideful Self-Will of being able to do what ever he wants - … and lead you where you do not want to go - Verse 18 and submitting his self-will and pride to the Will of God.

· Following Jesus may easily and often send you into “deeper waters” where you do not want to go!



Obedience

· Jesus obediently following God’s Word led Jesus to Death on a Cross.

Gethsemane

Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will."

Matthew 26:39

35Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36"Abba, Father," he said, "everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will."
Mark 14:35-36

41He withdrew about a stone's throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42"Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." 43An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
Luke 22:41-44



· Jesus Christ the Good Shepherd laid down his life for his sheep, and Peter following in the footsteps of Jesus would also suffer persecution and would be crucified head down!

· Peter is commissioned by Jesus to be the leader of the new Church –

· This is where God is calling Peter and this is where Peter recommits himself to God!



Then he said to him, "Follow me!"
Follow Me! This is a very short very important statement!

Follow Me! Could also be a question? Will YOU Follow Me?

From the beginning of John 21:15 ”Do You love me?” (Do You love Jesus?) To John 21:19 …Follow Me --- These are the questions that each of us need to ask ourselves,
“Do YOU Love Jesus?”

Will YOU Follow Jesus?

What are YOUR Answers!


Can you put away your pride and obediently follow Christ?



How Do We Love God?

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?"
John 21:15

Do you love me more than these? Is Peter’s love for Christ greater than the other disciples? NO!

Do you love me more than these? Is Jesus asking Peter do you love me more than you love the Disciples? NO!

What Jesus is telling Peter and all of us is with the same Agape Love that you love Jesus – With that very same intensity love one another!

The Greatest Commandment
34"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

John 13:34-35



How do we love the Poor?
We help them!

How do we love the hungry?
We feed them!

How do we love or enemy?
To love our enemy is NOT an easy task! We are NOT called to be judgmental and condemning! We are called to with love, patience, and kindness to convict the person of their sin, to bring the person into recognizing their sin, and for us to be helpful and encourage the person into a Rehabilitative Behavior to turn away from their sin and to turn toward the Light of God.

We are also NOT called to be a doormat for people to walk all over us either. We are to stand up and speak up against sin - social injustice whenever and wherever we find it! This takes courage! We are also NOT called to be a doormat for people to walk all over us either. We are to stand up and speak up against sin - social injustice whenever and wherever we find it! This takes courage! And where do we get our strength and our courage – From God through the Power of Prayer!

This is NOT our opprotunity to set ourselves up on a pedestal, to be self-righteous, and look down upon others with judgmental condemning eyes and hurtful words!

When someone is sinning it is our obligation to make the aware of their sin and to seek to bring them into the fold, into the flock of the Good Shepherd Jesus Christ!

We are the Shepherds! How are we treating God’s “Lost Sheep?”

Are we treating Lost Sheep with Love and Kindness or are we pushing them further away from God with mean hateful words and actions!

What Kind of Shepherd are YOU?



The Sheep and the Goats

31"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' 37"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'

40"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'


41"Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'

44"They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'

45"He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'

46"Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."

Matthew 25:31-46



What is Humility?
The Beatitudes

1Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2and he began to teach them saying:
3"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.

5Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.

6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.

7Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.

8Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.

9Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.

10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 5:1-11



Agape Love

The Greatest Commandment

A new command I give you:
Love one another. As I have loved you,
so you must love one another.

John 13:34

The Triune God loves us with “Divine” Agape Love. Jesus loves us with “Divine” Agape Love. …As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
John 13:34



How do we love one another with “Divine” Agape Love?

Somehow we need to look at one another as God sees us!
God see us as His adopted Children of God.

4For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
Ephesians 1:4-6



21When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
Luke 3:21-22

Luke 3:21-22 This passage shows us the revealing of God in Jesus Christ. It is an affirmation: God says, “This is my Son.” Likewise, in our baptisms God says, “You are my child.”



We often metaphorically speak of Jesus/Christ/God residing within us… This is NOT a metaphor – God/Jesus/The Holy Spirit truly does reside within our being. God is with us at all times – within us! Where does God dwell, God dwells within us – we are His walking-talking-living-breathing vessel. God is the Potter… we are the clay. Even though we pollute our bodies; our bodies are God’s Holy Temple.

Note: If I were to say to myself, “I am God’s Holy vessel, God’s Holy Instrument, that God lives and dwells within me, thus my body is a Temple for God.” I would grimace at the thought because we know/feel that we are unworthy for such a wonderful Gift. (Somehow we have a hard time accepting God's Grace!) And this Gift to ALL of us, His adopted Children is God’s GRACE. And indeed it is a Gift that we did nothing to deserve, earn, or merit. God Loves YOU and there is Nothing You Can Do About It!

Since God dwells within us there is a part of us that is made Holy. With God within us there is a part of us that is Divine! Wow! This is part of the impenetrable mystery of Faith. This is the "Good News" of the Gospels! This is the "Good News" that seems too good to be true! Why are we always skeptical, cynical, and filled with doubts and fears? All we have to do is Believe in Jesus Christ (Believing/Faith is being "Open" to God's Love and Grace) and Accept this wonderful Gift from God - The Gift of God's Love, Mercy, Forgiveness, Grace, and Salvation!

No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those
who love him.

1 Corinthians 2:9




We have a hard of enough of a time recognizing that God literally lives, and dwells, and walks with us wherever we go… we are often wearing our God-Blinders and do not see God working “IN” our lives. We often may refuse to acknowledge that there is actually God’s Divinity – God’s Love within us! It is even harder for us to sometimes see the Divinity of God in others!

We are called to be Christ-like and Christ is within us…. But what would happen if we began to look at others not as a minority, or different from us, not young, not old, not with disabilities… What if we looked at others (and ourselves) as Children loved by God? What if we could see others different from us, and NOT judge or condemn them?

Are we capable of seeing other people as Children of God… that a part of them is Divine?

Yes!

This is Jesus’ Greatest Commandment:

A new command I give you:
Love one another.
As I have loved you,
so you must love one another.
John 13:34




“Loving one another as I have loved you…” may sound easy or incredibly difficult but this type of Agape “Divine Love” that is within all of us is capable of transforming our lives and to transform the lives of others!



Note: We are called to see with the eyes of Christ, we are the hands and feet of Christ to serve and to do God’s will in this world. I have had a glimpse of doing this. This is not my boasting for it is just a small glimpse - not what I see all of the time.

But years ago I was volunteering and I was working at a Shriner’s Hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana. There was a young girl around 5 years old – She was beautiful! She had beautiful blonde hair and the biggest blue eyes you have ever seen. She was loving, bubbly, and happy. She was the perfect picture of a happy 5 year old. In God’s eyes she was “perfect!” and this is truly what I saw… a beautiful 5 year old. But this beautiful child below her elbow was a nub with a few digits for a hand. I did NOT see her imperfections. I truly at this time saw her the way God sees her – PERFECT!

How can I/You/We/Me look at people like they are the Children of God ALL of the time!

How can we see people not by the color of their skin, or nationality, or even people of another religion, not as male or female, not old or young, not healthy or ill…. How can we see the inner beauty of the soul that resides in the heart? How can we see into people’s hearts and souls? How can we see into people’s hurts and pains?

How can we look past our and others imperfections, flaws, and failures? How can we look at others with the eyes and with the Divine Love of God?

I am not sure what the answer is but I do know that we can start! We can start each and everyday look at people and the world with new eyes that see, eyes that pierce the darkness, eyes that see poor, hungry, homeless, all of those who are marginalized in our society. Can we look at people different from ourselves without being self-righteous, judgmental, and condemnation? Can we serve other with Grace that they did not deserve, earn, or merit. Can we love others they way Jesus Christ loves us?

Yes we can! We can start! We can begin anew each and everyday! But seeing is not enough! When we see social injustice God calls us into action! God does not call us to sit on the sidelines! People are put into paths NOT for us to ignore and to walk around… People are put into our paths so we can make a difference in their lives and so they can make a difference in our lives, and indeed to the whole world!

These other people walking around us are NOT strangers… they/we are the Children of God. These people/stranger are OUR Brothers and our Sisters in Christ!

Dear Lord, Let there be peace in this world
and Lord let it begin with me!
Amen


“Strangers are family you haven’t met yet.
”The Five People You Meet in Heaven”
By Mark Albom


Now that you know these things,
you will be blessed if you do them.

John 13:17



Related Bible Studies from Bible Basics

Bible Basics... The Apostle Peter

Bible Basics... The 23rd Psalm

IVP New Testament Commentaries Matthew 25


Comment



Widget is loading comments...