Moving beyond defeat
June 7, 2010
But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.
The 20th chapter of John is an amazing conclusion to the final events of Jesus' life on earth.
In this single chapter we see Jesus resurrected from the dead, appearing to the disciples, and celebrating together with them. In publishing terminology, this is a great climax to an extraordinary adventure and a perfect close to the Gospels.
Just look at the last verse of this chapter, John 20:31, "But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name." This single verse captures the entire theme of the gospel.
But the fact is, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, John did not conclude his Gospel with chapter 20. He gave us an epilogue… a final word, if you will, to wrap up the story.
Clearly, John wanted us to know the rest of Simon Peter's story. And for this reason, you and I ought to thank God for John 21. We need to see how Peter moved beyond failing Jesus to becoming the leader of the newborn Church.
Are you struggling to move beyond defeat? Jesus can restore you just as he did Simon Peter! Let Jesus add another chapter to your life. Let him restore you to himself and give you a new beginning.
JESUS CAN RESTORE YOU JUST AS HE RESTORED SIMON PETER!
OUR THANKS TO YOU!
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