I spent a good portion of the evening thinking about Peter and Jesus. It started with me contemplating the meaning of John 21:15-17 when Jesus asks Peter to “feed his sheep.” I thought perhaps he means the gospel or perhaps he means this in a literal sense, to feed his people? It’s my understanding that Peter became the first Pope and I believe the Catholic church feeds more people globally then any other denomination in the world? I was wondering if the Lord’s Sheep would be financially secure with Abraham’s blessings or if Jesus really believed his people would require help? Jesus came in poverty and he states in Matthew 8:20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
How can a rejected people, hated by the world be financially comforted? Jesus had to borrow a place to have his last supper? He didn’t appear to be wealthy when he made his debut riding on a donkey. Matthew 21:5 NKJV “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’
I recently was talking to a believer about Peter denying Jesus three times and whether or not he would see the kingdom of God as Jesus states in Matthew 10:33 KJV But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. The woman I was speaking with suggested that Peter repented and Jesus forgave him in John 21:15-17 (see at the bottom of blog).
Although I feel it’s possible, it’s truly only assumed? Why didn’t Jesus add “if you repent and feed my sheep, you’ll be forgiven? Is it safe for us to believe Jesus was joking? It’s almost like stating that Jesus doesn’t mean it when he says he’ll deny people and say he doesn’t know the workers of iniquity who call on him? (Matthew 7:23). Or it’s like stating Jesus isn’t serious about the unforgivable sin of blasphemy of the Holy and Ghost? (Matthew 12:32). I found it strange that in John 21:15-17 that Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves him. That’s the same number of times that Peter denied him. Why would Jesus ask him three times? I almost feel as though he didn’t believe him? It’s like catching a kid who ate cupcakes he/she wasn’t supposed to. You can clearly see the frosting mustache on the kids face and when confronted they tell their mother they didn’t eat any. If a Mother knows the kids lying, she might repeat the questions over and over? I also thought about Jesus asking the woman at the well to get her husband in (John 4:16-19.) Jesus asks the woman at the well a question when he knows the answer. He knows she’s had 5 husbands and the man she lives with isn’t her husband. I feel like Jesus does this to gently remind her of her sins and subtly tell her (without shaming) what God is recruiting for in his Kingdom. John 4:23 KJV But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
In defense for Peter, I will add that I thought about Mary washing Jesus’s feet with perfume and Jesus states in Luke 7:47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
Perhaps Peter feeding the Lord’s Sheep will be the pardon for his sins? Mary’s sins were forgiven of by Jesus because of the love she showed him. I was also thinking about the verse Exodus 33:19 KJV And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.
My conclusion regarding Peter and his denial of Jesus is truly that it’s between Peter and God. Let God judge Peter just as God’s going to judge me and everybody else and it’s probably best to focus on my specs in my eyes.. with fear and trembling. In hopes of seeing New Jerusalem and Lord Jesus. I’ve already told the Lord a mansion in his Kingdom isn’t necessary for me, I’d be ecstatic to have a small cabin or even a tent for that matter just merely to be in his realm is my beautiful dream.
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.
17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.