He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Tend My sheep. John 21:17
At this point Jesus has been crucified and resurrected, after the resurrection of Christ Jerusalem went into total chaos. The Romans and the Religious Leaders were trying to find the body of Christ, but Jesus was no longer in the tomb. The Roman government looked like fools, while the Jewish religious leaders didn’t want anyone to know the Messianic Prophecies have been fulfilled.
So persecution has reached a high level for the disciples and early Christians. Locked up in the Upper Room (Jesus Home) for days, Peter decided it was time to get away and go fishing. What the disciples caught, they never expected. Jesus came back to visit with them again
Remember Peter denied Jesus three times during his trial, notice Jesus asks Peter three time “Do you Love Me”. Its almost as if Jesus was giving Peter a chance to undo his great sin he committed of denying Christ. Jesus message to Peter was clear “Tend (Feed) My Sheep”!
The original Greek word used here is “Bosko” means to Spiritually Tend to the Sheep (Christians)
Jesus set the bar for Pastors (Shepherds) here, its not enough to just preach and teach. But a Pastor is also to Tend and Spiritually Feed his people. Remember if we love Jesus we need to Tend/Feed his Sheep Amen!