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“I am going out to fish.” —John 21:3
Jesus told Peter to leave the fishing business and follow Him (Mt 4:19). Even after meeting the risen Christ several times, Peter denied Christ again and returned to the fishing business. Peter denied Jesus, the Light, and chose the night. “All through the night they caught nothing” (Jn 21:3). Peter was naked (see Jn 21:7, NAB), and not clothed with power (Lk 24:49), righteousness (see Eph 6:14), and life in Christ (Eph 4:24). Peter chose night, nothing, and nakedness.
Jesus, in all His mercy, forgave Peter another three times and proceeded to start again from the beginning with him. Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Him (Jn 21:15-17). Then Jesus did what He had done when He first met Peter: He commanded Peter to follow Him (Jn 21:19). A few days after this, Peter received the Holy Spirit at the first Christian Pentecost and led three thousand people to be baptized into Jesus (Acts 2:41). Peter became the first leader of the Church and a fearless witness for Jesus (see Acts 4:8ff).
Have you squandered your Christian life? Have you lost your first Love? (Rv 2:4) Have you forced Jesus to start over with you? If you repent, there is hope. Even if you’re starting over, the risen Lord can make you a great leader in His Kingdom. Repent!
Prayer: Lord, have mercy on me again.
Promise: “This Jesus is ‘the Stone rejected by you the builders Which has become the Cornerstone.’ There is no salvation in anyone else, for there is no other name in the whole world given to men by which we are to be saved.” —Acts 4:11-12
Praise: Alleluia! Christ has vanquished sin and death! Praise You, Lord, for Your Resurrection victory.
Reference: (This coming Pentecost, start over with Jesus by being filled with the Spirit. Order, view or download our leaflet on Praying for a New Pentecost, or order, listen to, or download our CD 92A-1, CD 92A-3 and CD 92B-1 or our DVD 92 on our website.)
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