Failed, Forgiven, Focused to Follow (John 21:20-25)


Rev. Clint Smith
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Failed, Forgiven, Focused to Follow – John 21:20-25

God loves us unconditionally. Jesus was so motivated by love that He gave Himself a ransom for us on the cross. Jesus spoke into Peter’s life and gave him hope where he had none. Much like the Prophet Jeremiah, God gave Peter a great assignment and a great future. Although they both were martyred, we read their stories in the Ancient Text of Scripture.

Failure – Peter was weak in his flesh and struggled through spiritual warfare (Luke 22:31-34). He adamantly denied knowing the Lord three times, thus fulfilling the prophecy of Jesus. Matthew 26:69–74; Mark 14:66–72; Luke 22:55–62; John 18:15–18, 25–27

Peter wrote and encouraged saints to keep on keeping on for Christ. 1 Peter 5:5-11

Forgiven – Jesus questioned Peter’s love for Him three times. He restored and forgave him on the shores of the Sea of Tiberias (Galilee). John 21:1-17

Focus – Jesus told Peter he would indeed die for Jesus and by his death glorify God. Peter understood what Jesus said, but his curiosity got the best of him and he wanted to know about John’s future. Jesus focused Peter on Peter’s mission.

Follow – Jesus specifically called and commanded Peter to follow Him at the Sea of Galilee. Peter was to stop fishing for fish and start fishing for people. Matthew 4:18-22; John 21:19; John 21:22

John attested to the truthfulness of his Gospel. He gave to the Church, a portion of God’s Holy Word.

John wrote to encourage all Saints regarding the many mighty works of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Like Saints of old, we serve an awesome God!