Before the resurrection the disciples were like us -- struggling in different ways: Luke 22:1-6: Judas had already agreed to betray Him. v24: Other disciples argued about their positions in His kingdom.
Before the resurrection the discipleswere like us -- struggling in different ways:Cont’d… vv31-33: Peter failed to see that he would betray Him. v38: Another disciple totally misunderstood Him. vv45-46: Some fell asleep while He wrestled in prayer.
After the resurrection They changed lives through the gospel, because they had been changed themselves. The question is:WHY does the resurrection of power not have that effect on all Christians, but only some?
Though he failed so badly, yet never forgetthe grace of God is greater.... Mark 16:7. “But go, tell His disciples — and Peter — that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.”Luke 24:34. “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 1 Corinthians 15:5. “and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve.”
The answer lies in the example of PETERThe pre-resurrection Peter had to deal with areas of his life to become the new Peter of Acts 2. John 21 tells us what they are. We have to deal with them too. To do that, we need to ask serious questions.
AREA 1PETER had to deal with his past. The question here is: WHICH fire are we warmed by? The fire with Jesus (John 21) or, The fire where Peter betrays Jesus , the fire with the world (John 18:17-18, 25-26) Have we moved from one fire to the other, dealing with our sins and failure? There are two questions concerning the pastQ1. WHICH fire are we sitting at … the world’s or Jesus’ ? Q2. WHOSE light lights up our lives, or does not? cf 1 John 1:7-9
AREA 2PETER had to deal with his present. Jesus asked Peter two critical questions about his present:QUESTION 1 John 21:15 “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” In the present, is Jesus first in our lives?
AREA 2 PETER had to deal with his present. Jesus asked Peter two critical questions QUESTION 1 about his present: John 21:15 “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” In the present, is Jesus first in our lives? QUESTION 2 John 21:22 “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow me.”What is my relationship with my friends & family?And beyond that, with the Lord -- “Life is not fair.”
AREA 3PETER had to deal with his future. John 21:18 tells Peter that he will die for Jesus. And so the immediate question is: “Have I surrendered my life to Jesus completely, even unto death?” But there is a much deeper question: HOW do I define a ‘successful’ life?
JESUS twice says “Follow Me” to Peter Matthew 4 John 21:19 & 22 The first “Follow Me” is a pre-resurrection invitation The second “Follow Me” is a post-resurrection invitation They are totally different.WHICH one have you responded to? Or, neither?