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This week we continue our series titled “Personal portraits of Peter”.

These messages will contain lessons that can help each of us daily.

Today we are talking about Peter’s Restoration.

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Luke 22:31-32 (AMP)

31 “Simon, Simon (Peter), listen! Satan has demanded permission to sift [all of] you like grain; 

32 but I have prayed [especially] for you [Peter], that your faith [and confidence in Me] may not fail; and you, once you have turned back again [to Me], strengthen and support your brothers [in the faith].”

Scripture Reading.

John 21:1-19

Introduction 

How bitter were the tears of Peter as he wept over his denial of Jesus!

Peter was denying with oaths that he knew Jesus.

Luke 22:60-62 (AMP)

60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” Immediately, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. 

61 The Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had told him, “Before a rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times.” 

62 And he went out and wept bitterly [deeply grieved and distressed].

Would he ever have a chance to confess to Jesus and ask for forgiveness?

Did he remember the Lord’s words in the upper room as recorded in Luke 22:31-32?

Since apparently none of the disciples expected the resurrection, Peter must have felt perplexed as well as discouraged, thinking that in the death of Jesus all hope had died.

Peter loved Jesus.

He was not as Judas, who for a price had bargained to betray Him.

He was a saved man who had stumbled over satan’s snare, but he stumbled towards Jesus. 

Think of these three questions I once heard asked and answered.

“Do you think sinners will get to heaven?”

They are the only people who will.

“Do Christians sin?”

Saved sinners are the only kind of Christians.

“Do you love the Lord?”

And the answer was, “not nearly as much as I ought, but, better still He loves me.”

The significant factor in Peter’s restoration was that Jesus loved him.

He loved him enough to convict him of his sin.

If God did not love us, He could leave us alone.

As a parent who loves his children will discipline them, God loves His children enough to convict them of sin and to discipline them.

Have a read of Hebrews 12:5-13, you will be rewarded for careful reading.

Jesus loved Peter enough to pray for him.

Jesus loved Peter enough to go to him.

  1. Jesus prayed for Peter a revealing prayer.
  1. The place of satan in temptation is limited.
  1. By the permissive will of God.

Luke 22:31 (AMP)

31 “Simon, Simon (Peter), listen! Satan has demanded permission to sift [all of] you like grain;

Satan had to have God’s permission to test Peter.

In the ancient book of Job, satan had to report to God and get permission to test Job, have a read of Job 1:6-12 and Job 2:1-6.

Christianity rejects the idea that in the battle between good and evil the ultimate issue is in doubt.

There will be bruises on both sides, but ultimately the Messiah will crush satan.

Jesus will be enthroned and satan will be cast into the lake of fire.

2. Satan was permitted to “sift as wheat” but not to burn as chaff.

The threshing of wheat by the sifting process will not hurt the wheat.

God will overrule so good will come out of what satan intends for evil.

Peter needed his pride, conceit, and self confidence exploded.

3. Satan was limited by Jesus’ prayer, in Luke 22:32 (AMP)

32 but I have prayed [especially] for you [Peter], that your faith [and confidence in Me] may not fail; and you, once you have turned back again [to Me], strengthen and support your brothers [in the faith].”

Jesus’ prayer was answered.

Peter’s faith did not fail.

He lost face, he backslid in conduct, but he did not lose his faith.

Jesus promises that He will never give satan to take salvation from a saved person.

On the contrary, he pledges eternal life, which would not be eternal if it could be lost.

John 10:27-30 (AMP)

27 The sheep that are My own hear My voice and listen to Me; I know them, and they follow Me. 

28 And I give them eternal life, and they will never, ever [by any means] perish; and no one will ever snatch them out of My hand. 

29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater and mightier than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 

30 I and the Father are One [in essence and nature].”

Hebrews 7:25 (AMP)

25 Therefore He is able also to save forever (completely, perfectly, for eternity) those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede and intervene on their behalf [with God].

Because Jesus intercedes for His people, pleading the merit of His atoning blood, Peter was safe, as are all other believers.

B. Jesus expressed confidence that Peter’s backsliding would turn from sin to service.

Then He would entrust him again with work to do.

Luke 22:32 (AMP)

32 but I have prayed [especially] for you [Peter], that your faith [and confidence in Me] may not fail; and you, once you have turned back again [to Me], strengthen and support your brothers [in the faith].”

Simon would become Peter, the backslider would be restored, he would preach and souls would be saved.

2. Jesus sought Peter.

  1. Mark 16:7 (AMP)

7 But go, tell His disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see Him there, just as He told you.’”

These are the words of the angel to the woman at the tomb.

How gracious of our Lord to send a special message to Peter, who needed it most.

Sometime during that first resurrection day, the Lord appeared to Peter.

The disciples in the upper room greeted Cleopas and his companion with the astonishing news in Luke 24:34 (AMP)

34 saying, “The Lord has really risen and has appeared to Simon [Peter]!”

B. There is no record of that meeting of the Lord and Peter.

It was too personal, too precious to record.

We can imagine the tears of repentance, the full confession, and the kisses of reconciliation.

3. The restoration of Peter.

Since Peter had denied publicly, he must be restored publicly.

A. The situation.

It is not too difficult to persuade a fisherman to go fishing.

As soon as Peter announced that he was going fishing, he was quickly joined by Thomas, Nathanael, James, John, and two unnamed disciples.

The miracle of the great catch of fish at the time Peter and Andrew, James and John had been called to follow Jesus as full time ministers in Luke 5:1-11 was reenacted. 

John was the first to perceive that the stranger on the shore was Jesus.

Peter impulsively jumped into the sea to go to Him.

All of the seven recognised Him, in John 21:12 (AMP) it says,

Jesus Provides

12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared to ask Him, “Who are You?” They knew [without any doubt] that it was the Lord.

John preserved the memory of an eyewitness as he remembered the exact number of large fish that were caught.

B. Jesus probed Peter’s love.

John 21:15 (AMP)

The Love Motivation

15 So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these [others do—with total commitment and devotion]?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You [with a deep, personal affection, as for a close friend].” Jesus said to him, “Feed My lambs.”.

In the context “these” could refer to either the disciples or to the fish.

Peter had affirmed in the upper room, Matthew 26:33 (AMP)

33 Peter replied to Him, “Though they all fall away because of You [and doubt and disown You], I will never fall away!”

Peter had left the fishing business to fish for men.

Did his return to a night of fishing signal a retreat from full discipleship?

In his reply, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You,” Peter did not use the same strong word for love that Jesus used in His question.

Jesus said, “Feed My lambs.”

The question was repeated the second time with the response, “Feed My sheep.”

Again Jesus asked the question, but He dropped the strong word for love and used Peter’s word.

Peter had denied Jesus three times, yet he was grieved that Jesus repeated His question three times.

He said, Lord You know all things, You know I love You.

He seemed to be saying, Lord, I know I haven’t acted like it. Ive caused others to doubt my love to You, but, Lord, You can look down into my heart. You know that in spite of all appearances, I love You.

Peter would not even then come up to Jesus’ word for love.

He was thoroughly humbled , but he had been forgiven and restored publicly as an apostle.

He would shepherd the Lord’s sheep.

C. A tender word for Peter is in John 21:18-19 (AMP)

Our Times Are in His Hand

18 I assure you and most solemnly say to you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and walked wherever you wished; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and arms, and someone else will dress you, and carry you where you do not wish to go.” 

19 Now He said this to indicate the [a]kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. And after saying this, He said to him, “Follow Me [walk the same path of life that I have walked]!”

Jesus predicted that Peter would be loyal even to the point of dying a martyr’s death.

He would be crucified in loyalty to his Lord.

Jesus said, “Keep on following Me.”

Conclusion.

“Do you love Me?” Jesus asks.

Do you love Jesus?

He is not asking, “Do you like me?” But rather, “Do you love me?”

Love in this sense is almost synonymous with loyalty or obedience.

John 14:15 (AMP)

15 “If you [really] love Me, you will keep and obey My commandments.

John 14:21 (AMP)

21 The person who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him [I will make Myself real to him].”

The proof of love is obedience.

“Follow Me.”

“Feed My sheep.”

If like Peter we backslide, we will find Jesus ready to forgive.

In fact, He loves us so much that, rather than let us go on in sin, He will convict us of sin.

Because of this, we will ask for forgiveness.

Until next time

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