How much do you know about Simon Peter? Do you know what Jesus said to him? I ‘ll tell you in a moment. First of all, Peter was a gruff, hard working fisherman. And he lived with his wife and mother in law, he probably had children.
Remnants are still there of his house. It is where Jesus answered questions about divorce, perhaps even holding a child, we don’t know. Peter was a man of action, and a man with a mouth on him. He was rebuked by Jesus and swore at His trial, he was ready to cut off Malchus’ ear and fight, ready to die for Jesus but then denied Him three times. Even ran away from a girl.
We also know Peter walked on water, but sank when he looked at the storm instead of Jesus, before we crucify Peter upside down again, haven’t we all been there? I have. I have not denied Jesus, but perhaps not stood enough for Him. The devil has tried to sift us all hasn’t he? It is better to listen to Jesus first, let Him shake you up, He warned Peter, even calling Him, Simon, Simon, doubling His efforts to get Him to listen as the name implies.
But what Jesus asked Peter was wonderful. He completely restored Him although Peter said he was sinful man. Jesus asks him three times if He loves Him. The first two times He asks, and Peter replies, Jesus says to feed His sheep, but on the third time He says feed my lambs.
The third time is more in line with children. Though God sees us as His children. What better thing could anyone do that to inspire, to teach or love a child into the kingdom of God, even birth a child into the kingdom of God. Jesus asks three questions or three times because He was denied three times. And while He may be at agape, Peter is still hanging around friend love.
But that is the beauty of Christ. While Jesus is all about agape, all the time. His love is perfect. We are hanging around like Peter, friend, agape…well, “Do you love me? ” the Lord asks this spring. ” Then not only feed my sheep but my lambs. What better way to magnify the Lord, than to live life as a witness before others, and especially to influence children.
Jesus will bend down to our level and meet us where we are, the Good Shepherd leading His flock and He will guide us along until we get to heaven, even if we are like Peter and fail to see the devourer coming, even if we fail to heed the warning, Jesus said the shepherd gave His life for the sheep, so how important to hear His voice and follow no other.
As we celebrate spring and resurrection, let us keep looking to Jesus and remember to teach our children well the story of the one who gave His life and rose. Simply put, start with the knowledge that Jesus loves them, I have seen little babies under a year of age try to sing and praise, and do the sign language to songs, it’s never too late for lambs to learn about the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
And it’s never too early to feed His lambs. Have a beautiful and joyous spring. And magnify the Lamb! Rebecca Jones / pexels
I hope you have enjoyed our series this month, and there’s more Good News in April!