Text: John 21:1-17
Three significant things had happened before the event which took place in John 21:1-7:
- Jesus referring to Peter said “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” This can be said to be Jesus ordaining Peter and entrusting the keys of the kingdom of heaven to him (Matthew 16:18).
- Peter denies Jesus 3 times. After his ordination, he denied Jesus 3 times (And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times. (Luke 22:61)).
- After denying Jesus, Peter saw himself as not worthy of Jesus’ call, then he went back to fishing. Notice Peter went back to fishing (what Jesus had called him out from) because he considered himself worthless and not fit for the assignment given to him by Jesus. “Simon Peter told them, “I am going fishing.” “We will go with you,” they said. So they went out and got into the boat, but caught nothing that night” (John 21:3). Also, notice that Peter did not only fall, but he dragged along the other disciples with him.
From our text (John 21:1-17), we see Jesus coming back to call Peter, in the same manner He first called him in Luke 5:1-11. Even though Peter fell by denying Jesus, Jesus did not leave him, rather Jesus came once again to ordain him. To confirm Peters’ dedication to Him, Jesus asked him 3 times “Do you love me more than these?” (John 21:15-17).
Peter represents the church of Christ, the way Jesus handled Peters fall is the same way He handles our fall. Jesus is always seeking to reinstate us back to His call for our lives. It is our responsibility to respond in pure repentance and rededication to serve Him just as Peter did. Do you love Jesus more than these (more than the pleasures of sin)? If yes, you must abandon them and carry on with Gods call for your life. After Peters second ordination we see that Peter never went back to catching fish but he rather went with the power of the Holy Ghost winning souls for Christ and establishing the church.
Prayer: Help me Lord never to rest in my sins, may I always hear you calling me back, and in earnest repentance and rededication may I surrender back to you. Amen
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit
When we incline our ears daily to listen to the Holy Spirit, our steps will always be ordered to God