Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Jesus Reinstates Peter

This message was preached at Word Of Grace Church on May 1st 2022  by Sunder via zoom. For the audio & video please click here.  To listen to the worship please click here.

Jesus Reinstates Peter

 John 21:14- 19

Peter is a wonderful character full of twists and turns. Before we jump into the passage for today, let’s trace some highlights of the story of Peter.

The story of Peter and some highlights:

§  Calling of Simon: Luke 5 Jesus says to Peter go deep and cast your net. He gets a large catch. After this miracle, Jesus says, Come follow me! And he goes along

§  Peter walks on water:
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
Matthew 14:28 NIV

§  Revelation of Christ and renamed to Peter:
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.
Matthew 16:15
-17 NIV

§  Peter rebukes Jesus!
Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
Matthew 16:22
-23 NIV

§  The transfiguration!
Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”
Matthew 17:4 NIV

§  The temple tax story:
Collectors of temple tax asked Peter, his response, Yes he does
Matthew 17:24

§  How many times to forgive?
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
Matthew 18:21
-22 NIV

§  Warning and prayer for Simon:
“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
Luke 22:31
-32 NIV

§  Jesus predicts Peter's denial:
Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.”
Matthew 26:33 NIV


I.          Verse for reading and summarize: John 21:1-19  

Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered. He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead. When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you 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 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. Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”

3 key takeaway from this story

1. He is waiting for you on the shore

When Jesus was not there, Peter went away back to his old ways. Life was a struggle, toil, hard work with little gain. Many of us have drifted away, are toiling hard, naked(spirituality). The Bible says put on your armor of God. But He is waiting for you. Turn back to Him, today and He will care for you and refresh your soul. Turn your boat back to Him. Jesus is waiting for you. 

2. Listen to His voice

Jesus gives Peter a specific instruction, to cast your net on the right side of the boat. Peter found huge catch near the shore, where Jesus was.

Cast your net in His presence. Stay close to Him, be connected to Him and His people.

Do not isolate yourself today, do not let your heart be harden! It is important that we have a person time with Jesus.

3. He is calling you today, by name

Jesus repeated the same thing thrice to Peter! He called him Simon. Peter turned back and became Simon, so Jesus addresses him by that name.

Jesus gave him a different calling, role in the Kingdom and he never turned back.

He is calling you by name.

Listen and respond, how Simon Peter did!

He's giving you a new name, reminding you (some of you) of your calling. He is instilling a new calling (or reminding someone of the existing one). Jesus gave him a role of a shepherd in the kingdom. For some of us he is going to remind us of our calling. It is not a co-incidence that we’ve been learning about the gifts of the spirit. He is calling us and reminding us of our calling. He has called you to be a part of the kingdom. Our purpose on earth is to live for the kingdom. 

Come follow me(Jesus)!
Peter was the first one Jesus asked to follow and when he had turned back, He said again, "Come follow me"

He cares for you, he's always with you! Hear his call and follow him

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.” - John 10:27
-28 NIV

Word of Grace is an Evangelical (Born Again),  Spirit-filled (Charismatic), Reformed, English speaking church in Pune that upholds the Bible as God's inspired Word for life. We are a church community that has people from every part of India and parts of the world. We are here to put the Great Command and the Great Commission into practice by equipping and releasing every member into works of service.  Word of Grace is a part of a wider international family of Churches called RegionsBeyond.To know more about us please log onto www.wordofgracechurch.org.  

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