Peter and the apostles were lost as to what career direction to take after Jesus died. Peter decided to go fishing that day, and the apostles followed. This is what Peter knew before he met Jesus. They were out all night on the sea and caught nothing. In the morning, they were not too far out when they saw a stranger standing on shore. He asked the apostles if they caught anything. Nothing, they replied. The stranger told them to toss the net on the other side of the boat, and they will catch something. They did not ask questions; they threw the net over on the other side, and it began to fill up with fish. Does this sound familiar? This happened before when Jesus told Peter to toss the net on the other side of the boat to catch fish. But this time John recognized that it was Jesus on shore and told Peter “It is the Lord.” Peter dove off the boat and swam to shore to meet Jesus. On shore, Jesus had a charcoal fire cooking fish and bread. Jesus said to the apostles ‘Bring some of the fish you have just caught.’ They had caught 153 fish. This was the third time Jesus appeared to the apostles after his resurrection.
Do you love me more than these?
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 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 everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.
Jesus telling Peter to feed my sheep is guiding Peter and the other apostles to be teachers themselves and to carry on what Jesus had taught them. They were to feed the people the truth about Jesus and all that He had taught the apostles. Peter and the apostles did go on and teach all that Jesus had taught them. And so did many others who were disciples of Peter and the apostles. So what about that famous question? Do you love me more than these? What were “these”? These could be Peter’s main occupation, fisherman, or anything else that took time away from loving Jesus more. Since the Bible teaches all generations, this question is for us too. Do we love our careers, material things, addictions, sin, etc… more than we love Jesus?
John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.