Easter, This changes everything, Pt. 2 (John 21)

Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. John 21:3

Tuesday of passion week was a busy day for Jesus.  He continues to debate with the religious leaders as they plot behind the scenes to complete their diabolical plans to destroy Jesus.  Little did they know but they were simply carrying out the plans of God from eternity past.

This morning our readings again find us in John 21.  In this chapter we often focus on Jesus restoration of Peter and we should.  But this morning, I want us to consider, for a moment, the other six disciples who had gotten in the boat with Jesus.

Question: “How many of them had denied the Lord?”  The answer is simple, “All of them.”  Mk. 14:50 “And they all left and fled.”  John 16:32, “You will all leave me.”

Each disciple had their own failures to deal with.  Their denial of Jesus did not send them to hell because they had already surrendered their lives to Jesus, Mk. 1:15-16.  The issue for each was the broken fellowship that had come because of their denial.  Jesus settled the issue of their salvation on the cross, Rom. 3:24-25.  But here the issue of broken fellowship would need to be settled on the shores of Galilee.

I wonder, “are there outstanding issues between you and Jesus today?”  Could there be some fellowship issues?  If so, you can identify with the guys that morning on the sea.

Take a moment and consider how Jesus brought these men back into restored fellowship:

  1.  Jesus came to His brethren.
  2. Jesus shows kindness to His brethren.
  3. Jesus initiates restoration with His brethren.
  4. Peter represents the brethren in walking through restoration.

 

This morning I just feel the strong need to tell you that God wants you to be restored in every area of fellowship.  Easter will be the best it has ever been for you, if you are walking in fellowship with him.

Check out I John 1:3-4

that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our[a] joy may be complete.

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