Thursday, January 23, 2014

Chosen and Restored - January 23, 2014

John 21:15-19(New Century Version)
15 When they finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?"
He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you."

Jesus said, "Feed my lambs."

16 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."

17 A third time he said, "Simon son of John, do you love me?"

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" Peter said, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you!"

He said to him, "Feed my sheep. 18 I tell you the truth, when you were younger, you tied your own belt and went where you wanted. But when you are old, you will put out your hands and someone else will tie you and take you where you don't want to go." 19 (Jesus said this to show how Peter would die to give glory to God.)

Then Jesus said to Peter, "Follow me!"

Yesterday I reflected on the incident where Peter failed to stand up for Jesus and deserted Him in His darkest hour. I went further to discuss that we do that same thing every time we fail to stand up for Jesus Christ in today's world. In light of our failing to do what we should as Christians, what are we to do?

Not long after the resurrection of Jesus from the grave, Peter had another encounter with Jesus where he was asked to take a stand. With the benefit of encountering the crucifixion, Christ's resurrection, the empty tomb and His appearance to the disciples in the upper room, Peter again was confronted with where he stood with Jesus. Just as Peter denied Christ three times, Jesus asked him whether he loved Him three times. In doing so, Jesus was restoring Peter to discipleship, and at the same time He gave him instruction to "feed His sheep". Peter was called to carry the message of Jesus to all mankind.

We all will sin and we will all fall short, even after we have called on Jesus Christ to save us. We will all fail to take a stand for our faith, and for Jesus. We will all let God down at some time or another. It is by His grace though that He chooses to restore us unto Himself. Even though we constantly fail to stand up for Him, He always will take us back if we will turn back to Him. Just as Peter, He will ask us in light of our redemption, reconciliation and restoration unto Him, to pass on the message of His love and sacrifice to all we encounter.

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