Two thousand years ago, Jesus said to Simon Peter three times, “Do you truly love me?” At his questions, Peter repeated the same answer: “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” After confirming his consistent and passionate mind, Jesus entrusted him with His sheep by saying, “Feed my sheep.”
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. (John 21:15-17)
This becomes a good model for pastors and priests who say they love Christ today. In revival services, sermons or prayers, they do not forget to say, “Lord, I love You.” I even saw pastors who raising their arms towards sky and shouted “I love Christ.” If they love Jesus so much, they are expected to feed the sheep. Then, how to feed the sheep?
He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read… (Luke 4:16)
So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover… While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. (Matthew 26:19-28)
If you love me, you will obey what I command. (John 14:15)
Jesus established the new covenant to give life to the sheep and to give the forgiveness of sins and eternal life to them. And He taught us that we should keep the rules and regulations of the new covenant if we love Him. The Apostle Peter loved Jesus with all his heart. Thus, he kept the Sabbath day and the Passover of the new covenant, and fed the sheep by preaching the rules of the new covenant. The Apostle Paul, who loved Jesus more than others, also fed the sheep with the regulations of the new covenant (1 Corinthians 5:7-8; Acts 17:2.)
Unfortunately, pastors and priests, who confess that they love Jesus more than their own lives, consider the Sabbath and the Passover of the new covenant established by Jesus heretic while faithfully keeping the Sunday service and Christmas, the rules of pagan religions. Anyone can say love with lips. However, those who contradict what they say cannot be said that they truly love Jesus. If pastors of today truly love Jesus like the Apostles Peter and Paul, they have to show actions first by following the words of Jesus, don’t they?
Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? (Luke 6:46)