He said to him the third time, 'Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?' Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, 'Do you love Me?' '
Three questions at the end of John get me. They occur when the resurrected Christ asks Peter one thing three times in a row.
One thing... that's everything. 'Do you love Me?'
But with each affirmation from Peter, Jesus responds in a different way:
'Feed My lambs' (v.15). 'Tend My sheep' (v.16). 'Feed My sheep' (v.17).
Many Bible commentators relate these commands to Peter's three denials: erasing each one with an action step.
Yet Christ's Questions and Commands reach further. I believe They're written for us TODAY.
So if Jesus is called 'The good Shepherd' (John 10:11), and if saints are called 'The sheep of the flock' (Matthew 26:31)...
Then every disciple (past and present) is commanded to love God in three ways. Because the Lord loves us in three Persons: the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit. And if we...
Love, love, love Him like He LOVES, LOVES, LOVES us, we must, must, must take good care of His flock, because 'The wolf catches the sheep and scatters them' (John 10:12).
Is this love meant only for Christian kin? No! 'And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring...' (John 10:16).
We can't know God's great plans or final flock. So we must love neighbors... and everyone.
How do we love them? We 'feed' His children: those who are innocent, those who are lost, those who are newer in Christ... with His Word. The most vulnerable need special care.
Next we are to 'tend' and 'feed' all people; people in the fields where we live and work.
For actors, models, and talent for Christ: It's the fruitful fields of entertainment.
## Do You Love Jesus? (x 3)
NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do You Love Jesus? (x 3) series.