Is there any greater story to hear than someone who was down and out being restored?
One of the saddest stories I have read is of Stephen Foster, the writer of Oh Susanna, Camptown Races, My Old Kentucky Home, Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair, and others. His fortunes sank, while his love for booze rose. He died a derelict on Bowery Street.
Contrast that to the story we often hear of Abe Lincoln and his rise and fall and rise and fall and rise and fall and rise (you get the point) with his political career. We like to read or hear of people rising out of the ashes to make something of themselves.
Perhaps no person in the Bible represents this more than Peter. You know…
Open mouth insert foot Peter.
Foot-shaped mouth Peter.
Confess Jesus is the Christ and deny He knows Jesus. Yeah, that Peter.
For those who know the Bible there may not be a story more well-loved and appreciated than the one found in John 21. There is hardly a passage to be found in the Bible with more grace offered than Jesus and Peter on the seashore. Jesus took a broken man, a man who had returned to his beloved fishing-
maybe out of grief.
Maybe all the above.
Doesn’t really matter though. Not to Jesus. He had one goal in mind…Peter. More specifically…Peter’s restoration. He needed it. Only Peter can really know the depth of his anguish and shame of his denial of Jesus after so boldly declaring, “Even if everyone else falls away I will not!”
I love this story!! I can’t wait to talk about it Sunday. But the real question is not “Peter, do you love me more than these?” The real question is “Bill, do you love me more than these?” That sound you heard was a huge gulp.
Have you been restored?
Have you been able to point someone to the ONE who does restore and watch them turn their life around? He is in the Restoration business.
I’d appreciate your prayers for Sunday. Thanks.