“Feed My Sheep!”

Scripture reading for May 5th:  John 21

“Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of His disciples which are not recorded in this book.  But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His Name.”  (John 20:30-31)  John’s purpose was to help people know Jesus Christ as the Son of God and find eternal life.  He closes his account with a final story about Jesus restoring Peter and encouraging the disciples before His ascension.

Peter and James and John plus two other disciples had decided to go out fishing.  They had fished all night and had caught nothing.  Early in the morning, they saw a figure on the shore who called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”  “No!” they answered.  He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.”  When they did, they were unable to haul in the net because of the large number of fish.” (John 21:5-6)  John told Peter that it was Jesus, and Peter swam to meet Him.  He asked for some of the fish, although Jesus had a fire with fish already cooking on it!  Jesus was a master fisherman and The Master who fished for men!

This was the third time Jesus had appeared to these men after His resurrection.  He asked, “Simon, Son of John, do you love Me more than these?”  (John 21:15)  Peter said simply, “Yes, Lord, You know that I love You.”  Jesus then asked Peter to feed His lambs.  Jesus repeated this question two more times and Peter affirmed his love for Jesus as many times as he had denied Him. Jesus then prophesied how Peter would glorify God in death and invited him to “Follow Me!”  Peter would be a shepherd and a fisher of men!

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