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John 21

The last chapter of John is one of restoration and of commitment. After Jesus was betrayed and taken into custody, it was Peter who showed the courage first to fight for his beloved friend but later denied him three times…I can only imagine the deep regret and feeling of unworthy that Peter had to have been feeling, especially after being an eyewitness to the cross. In his letter of 2 Peter, he even writes “For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty” (2 Peter 1:16). Peter is definitely humble but still takes pride in seeing the majesty of Christ Jesus. In this John 21 passage, Jesus gives him specific instruction to “feed my sheep” (John 21:17). The whole chapter can be summed up in these three words as they were specific instructions for Peter to lead the other disciples in spreading the news of what the Messiah has done. The first few chapters of the Book of Acts records Peter “leading the charge” and living out what the Lord had called Peter and the disciples to do.

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