“Feed my sheep” (John 21:17). Three times, corresponding to the number of times Peter denied Jesus, He told Peter to feed His lambs and His sheep. This verse has a great deal of interesting revelation in it but here I just want to look at the word ‘feed’. Of all the ways Jesus could tell Peter to take care of the His sheep, Jesus told him to feed them. He did not say command them or teach them—although that is implied—or to disciple them—again that is somewhat implied. He did not say lead them or beat them. Jesus said to feed them. Without food the sheep would die. Food is an essential part of life. Animals spend most of their time gathering food. Sheep spend their day crisscrossing the pasture looking for bites of food. Jesus wants Peter to know that it was essential for him to make sure the he feed the sheep. As we have been saying the last few days, spiritual food is as important as physical food. Taste and see that the Lord is good.
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