John 21:16b (NLT)
“Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said.
Jesus had come to save the “sheep” at the cost of His own life (John 10:15). He asked Peter to take up the task. “Feed” (vs. 15, 17) means to supply with food, or to take to pasture. “Tend” (vs. 16) includes all the care a shepherd would give to his sheep. Both lambs and sheep, whether small or grown, would be the object of Peter’s new mission in life. He would “tend the flock of God” (I Peter 5:2-4). It is our call, too.