This is from an Inspiration preached by: Ben Nolan
I love football. One of my favorite things is when you get a wide receiver or a quarter back or a kicker and they’re coming down the field. They’re running and there’s a defensive tackle and all of a sudden there’s a guy who normally gets hit and just takes out that defensive tackle. That’s where it’s at.
The repentance of Peter, he’s kind of a loud mouth and Jesus is with these guys at the last supper.
Luke 22:31-32 “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”
Jesus gets taken away and Peter does indeed deny Him three times. The cock crows or the guards changed and when Peter heard that, he was devastated. He really blew it. He wept bitterly. There was deep anguish in him. He had betrayed God and was torn up about it. This was step one in Peter’s repentance.
Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected. The next time Peter and Jesus interact is in John 21.
John 21:7 “Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.”
Peter wrapped his outer garment around him because he had taken it off. He put his coat back on. It’s a little bit more challenging to swim fully clothed than not fully clothed.
Peter had no intention of coming back to the boat. He was going to get to Jesus. He might have thought he was going to walk on the water to get to Jesus. That was not the action of someone torn up and broken down because they had failed.
Peter knew that he had failed and he still swam over to Jesus. That moment when the rooster crowed and Peter remembered Jesus’ words, he realized that he had failed Jesus. But, there was more to his actions than just feeling sorry. Jesus had told him to be an example to your brothers. When you turn around, you lead others to Jesus.
He went for Jesus all out. Repentance in Peter’s life was a catalyst for change not just for him personally, but for everyone around him. He was an example of how to do things right.
That’s what I would have for my life. When I realize I have shortcomings and failures and faults, I am sorry. I know I’ve messed up. Not only am I going to do things the right way, I’m going to show how to do it right to my family. That’s what Jesus meant when He told him to lead his brothers.
We are not little islands unto ourselves. When we’re not perfect, use that as an excuse to show how to live for God right.
When we repent, Jesus will accept us. When we do this, we need to turn around and show someone else how to do the same thing.
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