2018 04 22 Lorna Laister; Peter and Jesus John 21:1-22
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Peter and Jesus                Lorna Laister                                      Sermon 16                        22April 2018

What do you think about when I say the name Peter? Peter in the gospels.

“rock” disciple? fisherman? volatile – impulsive? Church leader?

Peter’s life had been stormy. And full of contradictions – many ups and downs

He walked on water – until he was distracted and sank like a stone!! Matthew 14:28-30

Peter declares that Jesus is the Christ and Jesus tells him that he will lead the church Matthew 16:13-19

Then straight after that Jesus rebukes him  Matthew 16:21-23

In the garden peter risked his life to defend Jesus  John 18:10 The Voice (VOICE)

Then during Jesus’ trial Peter denied Jesus 3 times and the cockerel crowed. John 18:10; 17;25-27

The week before the Passion Peter had been on one emotional roller coaster!

John’s 21:1-22 where Jesus is alive and comes to see the disciples for the third time after his resurrection

Read John 21:1-14

There are mini-miracles in this big miracle.

(1st): In verse 11: Peter is given miraculous strength to pull in the net; Verses 6: tells us that seven men were unable to do this. SLIDE

(2nd): The fact that the net did not breaking is also unusual and perhaps miraculous. Jesus takes something ordinary and does something extraordinary with it.

(3rd): The fire of coals and the cooked breakfast of fish; Were almost certainly miraculous.

Quote: Warren Wiersbe:

“There is a vast difference between sonship (being saved); And discipleship (following the Lord). Not all Christians are disciples. When Peter sinned, he did not lose his sonship; But he did fall away from his discipleship. For this reason, Christ repeated his call; ‘Follow me’”

Bible results for “Jesus said follow me.” Matthew 4:19; Mark 1:17; Matthew 16:24; Matthew 19:28; Mark 10:21; Luke 18:22; Luke 5:27; John 1:43; John 21:19

Read John 21:15-22

Note: 3 Question and 3 answers:

In these three responses from Simon Peter; The memory of his three denials are wiped away, and so 3 times Peter is commissioned by Jesus, to ‘feed his sheep’ - the restoration is complete. Peter heard—perhaps for the first time clearly—the simple call of his Master: “Follow Me” (John 21:19).

Leadership from the perspective of God is very different. Only one quality is required: a willingness to follow Jesus Christ. Your calling is unique because your journey will be unlike anyone else’s.

three important lessons from the call of Peter in John 21:1–23.

1.When God offers an opportunity to change what looks useless into something really good, be open to change.

  1. When He plans to move you in a new and challenging direction, expect a period of deep soul-searching. 3 times Peter had denied Christ. Now Jesus gave him 3 opportunities to confess him in public
  2. When He makes it clear that you are to follow Him in this new direction, focus fully on Him and refuse to be distracted by comparisons with others. Beware the power of comparisons!

John 19:26–27. Peter must have thought, who am I compared to Mr. Faithfulness?

But Jesus clarified the issue. John was responsible for John. Peter was responsible for Peter. And each had only one command to heed: “Follow Me.”

You are unique. You see we are all clay pots. Damaged beyond repair – at the human level. We are NOT a finished creation. Your last action does not define you – because it is redeemed already. God works with broken people to reveal his glory. God heals us and mends us.

This Japanese art-form is called “Kintsubi”. The broken pots are mended with pure gold. The flaws are not hidden – in fact they are highlighted. Every single one is individual.

Because we are unique we reflect Jesus differently. A unique vine branch if you like that bears different grapes. Rest in your uniqueness.

 

TWO SIMPLE APPLICATIONS TO FINISH:

(a). I'm responsible for my actions

Everyone here today is responsible for our own actions.

Jesus tells Peter (and us) to get on with what God has told us to do, and let others do the same!

(b). I'm responsible for my God given talent

Jesus gave Peter the command “to feed his sheep and to follow him”: To do that he also enables us, he gives us the gifting/talent we need.

Conclusion

If anyone had disqualified himself as the leader of the Christians, it was certainly Peter. The one who denied he had anything to do with Jesus. He didn’t want that relationship when the situation grew tense. Why would God want an emotional, inconsistent, emotional person to lead the people of God? Jesus did.

After Peter came to realise he was nothing apart from Christ, he became a rock-solid leader. As his story unfolds in the book of Acts, we can clearly see that when Peter fixed his eyes on Jesus and followed Him, others followed too. And they followed by the thousands.

What we see in this story of the miracle of the fish is that a few minutes with Jesus in control, accomplished what a whole night of human efforts failed to do.

Jesus has impacted the disciples’ lives in a way that changed them forever. They can’t go back.

This seaside reunion with the risen Lord changed everything. Peter learned that being a disciple requires one primary qualification: a willingness to follow. A willingness to say “Yes!

Ever since the night Judas betrayed Jesus and Peter denied knowing Christ three times, Peter has felt small. He has felt he betrayed Jesus too. Matching the three denials, Jesus has Peter re affirm his love for Him three times. At the same time, Jesus reaffirms Peter’s call to ministry each time by challenging him to serve as a leader. The conversation on the beach that day affects him profoundly. From then on, Simon Peter is one of the most humble followers of Jesus, but he is also one of the great leaders of the early church, as Acts explains.

The disciples all learn a lesson that day. No matter what someone may have done, the Master wants the miracle of forgiveness to restore that person to be whom He made and called him or her to be.



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