- Jesus said, “Feed My lambs” (John 21:15).
There seems to be so much happening in this conversation that it’s difficult to imagine what it would have been like to be a part of it. Jesus is restoring Peter to both his place among the disciples and to his life mission. He is testing the growth Peter has achieved through his failure. He is giving His troubled disciple the window he needs to reaffirm his love for Jesus. And He is clarifying what love for God really looks like–feed my lambs. When Jesus queried Peter, “do you love me more than these?” He could see if any of the competitive fire to be the best, to never abandon though all others might, still remained. Obviously that fire hadn’t been sufficient to get him through a single night alone. Now, he says, these that you thought you were better than…these that you have wanted to exceed, feed them…serve them…love them…for this is what it means to truly love God.