Sunday, August 23, 2020

Feed My Sheep

The Bible Art Journaling group on SCS has a monthly theme, chosen by Julie, the leader of the group. She encourages us to journal an entry based on the month's theme. 

This month's theme is Love - or anything from the Gospel of John. Probably the most famous verse in the entire Bible is found in the book of John and it speaks of love, more specifically, God's love for us. John 3:16. But I didn't choose that verse. Instead, I went to the end of the book and journaled one of the lovely interactions between Jesus and Simon Peter.

After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him. Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.” “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said. A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep. (John 21:15-17, NLT)

This passage comes after the crucifixion; after Peter had denied Christ three times, as Jesus had said he would. I do not think it is coincidental that Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Him. And each time that Peter said yes, he did, Jesus gave Peter a job to do - feed (or tend to) My sheep. It seems as if Jesus was letting Peter see that even though he'd denied Christ three times, those were forgiven and Jesus still had a job for him to do. He was not cast away, but was a vital part of the Kingdom work.

The sheep on my page are from the My Favorite Things Animal Farm stamp set. The words are computer generated. The background (blue and green) was created by laying down a thin coat of Master's Touch acrylic paint.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!


Beth Norman-Roberts said...

Very interesting post. I've been trying hard to turn back to the church. I read Jesus Calling every day and it speaks to me. Love your sheep. Nice journaling.

Lynn McAuley said...

Love the verses you have chosen and this wonderfully journaled page!! Our pastor preached on Jesus and Peter yesterday.