John 21: Feed My Sheep

John 21: Feed My Sheep


Read: John 21, Psalm 21

Who: Who wrote this book? Who did they write it to? What was their reason for writing?

What: What does this passage say about God, me, and my relationship with him?

15 After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.”

“Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.

16 Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

“Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.”

“Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said.

17 A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.”

The passage today shows us many things about God: 1. He restores us, 2. He wants us to follow him, 3. He loves people.

  1. He restores us. Peter had failed. He said he would never deny Christ, yet he quickly fell to pressure and renounced his relationship with Jesus three times. In this passage, Jesus gives Peter three opportunities to pronounce his love of Christ. This was for Peter’s sake.
  2. He wants us to follow him. The next potion of the passage not shown here ends with, “follow me.” Jesus desires for us to show our love through him by following his example. What was his example? Serving others.
  3. He love us. We are the sheep. Every person is represented in the statement, “feed my sheep.” Jesus shows his love for us by teaching us to care for one another.
Why: Why is the truth important?
1. We don’t have to walk through life burdened with our mistakes. We can give them to God.
2. Following God isn’t about living a perfect life. It is about following Christ’s example of not striving to be first and caring for others.
3. We are loved, and we can show others that they are loved.
How: How would my life, character and perspective be different if I truly believed this truth?
I wouldn’t live my life hindered by my past failings, I would stop pushing to put myself first, and I would walk in security and love.


God, thank you for restoration. Help me to follow after you and show your love.



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