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R & R...Restoration and Reconciliation

"As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, 'it is the Lord,' he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water...The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish" (John 21: 7-8).

This is the last of the adventures of Peter..Somewhere between the resurrection and Jesus ascension, this wonderful story transpires. The disciples, including Peter, may have failed to understand all the implications of Jesus death, burial and resurrection, so they went back to their old trade of fishing. They had fished all night without any luck,(all of us fishermen know what that's all about) when in the early morning, someone called from the shore. It was Jesus, and he told them to cast the nets out from the right side of the boat. The result was a full net of 153 fish. I am reminded of the movie Forrest Gump, when Forrest jumps off the boat to greet Lt. Dan. Peter, upon recognizing Jesus, will not settle for a leisurely sail back to shore. He jumps into the water and swims the remaining 100 yards. Maybe it was that adrenaline again, but he just wanted to get to Jesus as quickly as possible.

After the resurrection, Peter may have still had some lingering guilt about denying Jesus those three times. But from here on, nothing will impede him! His jumping out of the boat and swimming to shore may be a definitive statement of how important Jesus was to him. Peter was not the first, and certainly not the last to deny Jesus. Most Christians in some way have denied Him in some way. When we allow the flesh to overcome the spirit, we deny His power to work within us. Peter ought to be an inspiration to all of us. Any of us who have looked at ourselves and recognized the immensity of our shortcomings, have been in Peter's sandals. But remember, it was Peter who asked, "Lord how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me?" (Matt. 18:21). He knew that in Jesus there was forgiveness, and he reminds us of the gracious nature of God in the 70 X 7. Peter was now into the R & R mode....Restoration and Reconciliation! He has shown us the way in his own inimitable style. To the true repentant Christian, there is always restoration and reconciliation. We have but to lift our eyes toward our Lord...

Have a great day...Make a difference.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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