FEED MY SHEEP
John 21:1 After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself.
John 21:2 There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples.
John 21:3 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.
Brothers, after Jesus was crucified and risen from the tomb, he had at this point appeared to his disciples twice, and now was the third time that he was appearing to them.
John 21:4 But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.
John 21:5 Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.
John 21:6 And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.
John 21:7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.
Brothers, notice in verse 3 above that Simon Peter said, 'I go a fishing', and the 6 disciples which were with him said, 'We also go with you'.The disciples had gone back to their secular jobs as fishermen, which they were doing when Jesus called them out of when He told them to follow him. They were not doing what Jesus had taught them to do.
John 21:8 And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes.
The other disciples were in a little ship dragging the net with fishes. They also were fishing with Simon Peter.
John 21:9 As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.
John 21:10 Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught.
John 21:11 Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.
John 21:12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.
John 21:13 Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.
Jesus prepared the coals to cook their fish and did serve them fish and bread. Brothers, even though they had gone back to fishing, Jesus fed them.
John 21:14 This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.
John 21:15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
After the disciples had been fed by Jesus, He ask Simon Peter, 'Do you love me'. Peter said, 'Yes Lord, you know that I love you'.Jesus then said to Peter, 'Feed my lambs'.
John 21:16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
Again Jesus said to Peter, 'Do you love me'. Peter answered him saying, 'You know that I love thee'. Jesus then said again, 'Feed my sheep'.
John 21:17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
Jesus said for the third time, 'Simon Peter do you love me'. This time Peter was grieved because Jesus had asked him now for the third time if he loved Jesus. Peter said again, 'Lord you know all things, so you know that I love you'. Jesus said, 'Feed my sheep'.
John 21:18 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.
John 21:19 This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.
Jesus said, 'When you were young (as a child in the Word), you went were you wanted, but now that you are old (Mature in His word), you shall stretch fourth your hands, and another (God), shall cloth you, and carry you where you would not go.Brothers, when we have been taught the word of God by His Holy Spirit, He will take our hands and lead us where He would have us go and do what He would have us do. God does not expect us to go back to doing what we did when we were mere babes in His Word. But, rather as mature Christians God expects us to allow Him to direct all of our paths as we go about doing His work that He wants us to do. Not what we want to do. Not our will be done, but His will be done. Jesus showed them love here, even though they were not doing what He had told them to do in his absence. Jesus stayed on this earth some forty days after his resurrection and continued to correct them and teach them.
John 21:20 Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?
John 21:21 Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?
John 21:22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.
Peter seeing the disciple that betrayed him. asked Jesus, 'Lord what are you going to do about this man'. Jesus, 'If I leave him here until I return, what is it to you'.
John 21:23 Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?
Then the disciples said to the brethren, that this disciple who had betrayed Jesus should not die. But, Jesus said again, 'What is it to you'.Jesus was saying to them don't worry yourself with what others will do, rather worry yourself with what I give you do do.
John 21:24 This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.
John 21:25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.
Brothers, don't set and compare your brothers actions in service to Jesus to your own actions or lack thereof. We are each given an assignment and we are individually to give our hands to Jesus and God the Father and let him take us down roads and paths that we ourselves would not go, as in verse 18 above.
How many times in our own walk with Jesus have we ventrued off into a road that Jesus did not tell us to go. But, each time, as he did here with his disciples, he corrects us in love and tells us to follow him. God nor Jesus will never tell us to do anything without going with us to perform the work. His word always performs the work. We as his servants only have to follow him and speak his word. This is what God expects of us. Be and grow into a mature christian who hears what He tells you and does what He says to do. He will never fail you brothers.
God Bless you my brothers. Go about doing what God would have you do and don't judge what others are or are not doing.
HVM - C51614