Peter’s zeal was tempered by the sight of the charcoal fire on the beach. As soon as John had identified the man on the seashore as “the Lord,” Peter had jumped into the water and swam to shore. He couldn’t wait to see Jesus. Now, with water dripping from his clothes, Peter balked in his pursuit of renewed fellowship with Jesus.
You see, it was around such a fire that Peter spent the fateful evening when Jesus was tried, convicted and sentenced to die. While warming his hands near the charcoal embers, Peter denied any knowledge of the teacher from Galilee. He did so three times.
“Are you hungry?” Jesus broke the silence. “Breakfast is almost ready, but we could use a few more fish.” Peter jumped at the opportunity to show his devotion. Unassisted, he pulled the massive catch up onto shore. In a matter of minutes he was sharing a meal with Jesus and the other disciples.
Jesus broke bread with the one who had denied Him only a few days earlier. Obviously Jesus was not into grudge holding. He’s still not. We tend to dwell on failures from the past. Jesus focuses on the possibilities of the future.
October is Staff Appreciation Month
- This Sundays Sermon “Follow Me” John 21:15-22
- LifeGroup Attendance on October 6 – 709
- Observance of The Lord’s Supper – this Sunday, October 13 at 9:00 and 10:30
- GriefShare – this Sunday, October 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the Parlor
- Associational Worship Service – this Sunday, October 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
- FALL BREAK – all Wednesday activities are cancelled on October 16
Micah and Jamey Banks