Feed My Sheep – Gospel in Life

Feed My Sheep

Tim Keller |  April 30, 2017

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John 21:15-25
RS 377-03


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Sermon Summary

Jesus’ dialogue with Peter, post-meal, is a profound exploration of love, duty, and divine destiny. Peter’s affirmation of love for Jesus, thrice asked, leads to a divine mandate to care for His flock, and a prophecy of a martyr’s death. The conversation underscores Peter’s past denial of Jesus, and Jesus’ corrective guidance, offering valuable insights for believers.

1. Depth of Peter’s problem

Peter’s denial of Jesus, despite his previous declarations of loyalty, accentuates the profound capacity for betrayal within the human heart. This incident prompts reflection on personal regrets and the deceitful nature of our hearts, capable of self-serving actions at the expense of others. Yet, Jesus’ response to Peter’s betrayal, offering forgiveness and transformation, serves as a beacon of hope for all who acknowledge their own sinfulness.

2. Surgery Jesus does on Peter’s problem

The idea of “cheap grace” stresses the risk of complacency and the importance of recognizing the gravity of sin to fully comprehend God’s love and grace. Using the metaphor of a surgeon, Jesus’ confrontation with Peter about his denial illustrates that genuine repentance requires acknowledging and grieving over one’s mistakes without justification. Peter’s acceptance of grace, rather than exploiting forgiveness, along with the notion that leaders who grasp the human heart and accept their failures can become effective leaders grounded in Christ, are also spotlighted.

3. How it’s healed

The Gospel illuminates the importance of acknowledging our weaknesses and sins, as it is through this humility that we connect with God’s grace. Contrary to the notion of religiosity, it is not our strength, but our vulnerability that brings us closer to divine favor. Embracing this truth, repenting for our failures, and following Jesus’s metaphor of self-sacrifice, transforms us into strong leaders who live not for ourselves, but to serve and glorify God.



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