(John 21:15) Then when they broke fast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these? He said to Him, Yes, Lord, You know that I love You. He said to him, Feed My lambs.
(John 21:16) He said to him the 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, Feed My sheep.
(John 21:17) He said to him the third time, Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me? Peter was grieved because He said to him a third time, 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.
I’ve always found this passage of scripture to be very interesting and it was not until recent studies that it began to make sense. First of all we need to understand that there are numerous uses and meanings for the word love. In the Hebrew there are three types of love raya (brotherly love), ahava (the choice to make a commitment) and dod (erotic love). So as we look at this scripture in context Jesus could be asking Peter are you really my brother. He could also be asking him are you really committed to me at the same time he could be asking both. The most important thing to draw from this interaction is the response Jesus makes after each response of Peter Feed My sheep. Jesus wants Peter to tell the story of his life, burial, and resurrection. Peter has no clue or idea what is about to happen but Jesus does and he uses this occasion to make an impression on Peter to give him something to remember once his mission is completed and Peter is left to carry on.
So how do we apply this story in our personal lives the answer is quite simple. (James 4:13) Come now, those saying, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city and spend a year there, and we will trade and will make a profit,(James 4:14) who do not know of the morrow. For what is your life? For it is a vapor, which appears for a little time, and then disappears. None of us knows how much time we have on this earth nor how much time our friends and loved ones have. What we do know is that at some point our lives as well as theirs will come to an end. Everyday we tell people in our lives how much we love them yet if they were to die today in Hell they would lift up their eyes.
Everyone reading this post deep down in their heart knows that Hell is real because there have been times in your life you have dealt with stuff that came straight out of Hell. There has to be a place reserved for evil, people such as Adolf Hitler they have to be somewhere paying for the evil they did while on this earth. Hell is real and I for one don’t even want my enemies to go there. I don’t mind them catching Hell while they are here but I don’t want to see anyone except the purely evil go to Hell. If you truly love someone why would you allow them to live and go to Hell. (John 3:16) For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.(John 3:17) For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but so that the world might be saved through Him.(John 3:18) He who believes on Him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God. This is the food that Jesus was referring to when he instructed Peter to feed his sheep and he wants us to do the same.
God does not want anyone to go to Hell (2Peter 3:9) The Lord is not slow concerning His promise, as some count slowness, but is long-suffering toward us, not purposing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (MKJV).(2Peter 3:9) The Lord isn’t slow about keeping his promises, as some people think he is. In fact, God is patient, because he wants everyone to turn from sin and no one to be lost(CEV). You have friends, relatives, co-workers, and in some cases spouses that if they died today would go to Hell because they have not accepted God’s Gift of Salvation. If you truly love and care for someone then tell them about Jesus. Salvation comes by us accepting Jesus Christ as our personal saviour not through our church attendance and definitely not through the lives that we live because on our best days we don’t come close to God’s expectations for us. I Thank God everyday for Jesus because I am definitely a work in progress but if I left this life today I know where I’m going. I love each and every one of you and want you to spend eternity in a place that God has prepared for you a place called Heaven TO HELL WITH THE DEVIL he does not need you to keep him company accept God’s free Gift TODAY !!! Be Encouraged and Blessed Minister Mike