Feed My Lambs
Peter is going back.
Peter is going back.
Peter has decided to go fishing, he is discouraged and reverting back to his old ways.
They are on the sea of Galilee fishing and have been fishing all night.
Western shoreline of the Sea of Galilee. The large mountain in the right-center is Mount Arbel. The city of Magdala (Taricheae / Magadan / Dalmanutha) lies beneath its cliff face.
1 After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself. 2 There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples. 3 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing. 4 But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. 5 Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No. 6 And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. 7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea. 8 And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes. 9 As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread. 10 Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught. 11 Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken. 12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord. 13 Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.
Jesus had told them to wait for him at the sea and Peter got tired of waiting and went fishing.
Fished all night and caught nothing.
What does this mean to us today?
sometimes we get impatient waiting on God’s plan.
we decide to go on our own and with good intentions start to do the work of the Church.
not realizing that we are not following Jesus’ plan, we see little results.
the results are not very good.
they were fishermen but they were fishing for the wrong thing.
We are fishers for men!
So Jesus shows up and gets them on the right track.
6 And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.
There is a two part meaning here.
They caught 153 fish.
Why 153? This number was not a mistake.
In the Hebrew Numerical Alphabet the number 153 simply means
I AM HE!
This was not a coincidence. everything God does has meaning.
We need to be in the will of God.
Following his plan for our Church!
What is His will for the Church?
Jesus confirms that in the next set of text.
15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
Jesus told Peter to feed his Lambs.
What is a Lamb?
A baby sheep, is fed by another sheep. he is telling him as a Christian its his Job to raise up other Christians the same a Jesus has done him,
He has now moved from a Disciple to a Disciple maker.
our ultimate goal should be to be a disciple, then to make other Disciples.
He didn’t stop there.
16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
Who tends sheep?
he is setting Peter apart from the flock not as a sheep but a Shepard.
he is charging him to take care of the sheep, to feed them, protect them, and lead them.
its a unique situation because on one end Peter is a sheep feeding lambs but at the same time he is a Shepard tending the flock.
the point is.
SHEEP MAKE SHEEP!!
The Shepard s do not make sheep, sheep do.
this is the mission of the church, to make other sheep and feed the lambs.