Earlier Jesus encouraged his disciples to love him – John 15:9,10, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you remain in his love. John 15:14, “You are my friends if you do what I command.” John 15:17, “This is my command: Love each other.”
Jesus loves you. Peter denied knowing Jesus three times to the people during the time when Jesus was arrested for trial to be crucified.. It’s like saying that a person who is a good friend, you say that I don’t know him. Three times, Jesus asked if he loved him more than these. Jesus demanded Peter’s love three times. Loving Jesus more than these? What are these that Jesus meant? Fishing, friendship and family?
Jesus forgives you: Peter even before he asked sorry for what he did, Jesus forgave him. Peter was already feeling sorry and guilty for letting down Jesus. He had already met Jesus after his resurrection. He was so ashamed of what he had done that he felt unworthy to serve and follow Jesus. No condemnation from Christ! Accusation comes from Satan! If you confess you sins, you can leave your sins on the cross. Don’t have pity party! Forgiveness, grace, mercy are the gifts from Jesus.
Jesus Cares for you: (1 Peter 5:7). Even though Peter went back for fishing. He was trained by Jesus to bring people from the kingdom of darkness of the evil to the kingdom of light of Christ. He was called to share the good news of Jesus so that people may be saved from their slavery of sins to accept Jesus as their Saviour and Lord. Jesus asked him to feed his lambs, care and feed sheep if he truly love him more than anything in his life.
While Jesus affirmed Peter’s love for himself, he asked him to follow him all the days of his life. When we talk about following Jesus, it literally means following in his steps. We should be willing to go wherever Jesus wants you to go and keep on learning from him. It is like becoming more like Jesus. Becoming more like Jesus means loving, forgiving, feeding and caring lamb and sheep. Figuratively speaking, Jesus was giving an example of becoming shepherd for the Jesus’ lamb and sheep. This is called caring for people who are like lamb – as young ones and Sheep as grown up.