May 5, 2019 (3rd Sunday of Easter): “Feed My Sheep”

Main Text:  John 21:1-19 (Acts 9:1-6 (7-20); Revelation
5:11-14)

Witnessing
is not a passive activity. It requires relationship and risk. Moving from “I
have seen the Lord!” to “Follow me” is a journey. This story from John’s gospel
comes after they have already seen the Lord in the locked room. Peter and the
others find themselves on the seashore. The temptation is to go back to life
before the cross. We also can be tempted to go back to life before our lives
were upended. Peter was going to go back to fishing. When Jesus comes into your
life, however, you can never go back. Peter and the disciples fished all night
long and caught nothing. Peter thought he knew how to fish, but Jesus standing
on the shore tells them to cast on the right side. When they do, they catch
more fish than they even imagined possible without the nets breaking. Peter
then has to face his own failure and inadequacy through the questions Jesus
asks him. “Peter, do you love me?” Peter, without Jesus, had denied him three
times. With Jesus, Peter is given a new mission and purpose. It will not be an
easy path, but it will be blessed. Once you have witnessed the presence of
Christ in your life, you can’t go back to the way things were. Instead, Christ
repurposes our lives. “Feed my sheep.” Witnesses are called to serve and to
share the good news with others. We are called to be witnesses! Feed Jesus
sheep!  

WRITTEN BY: Abiding Presence

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