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Jesus Restores Peter - Mack Tomlinson

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    John 21.
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    I want to speak this morning,
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    the Lord helping me,
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    on Jesus restores Peter.
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    Jesus restores Peter.
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    John 21:15-23.
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    Lord, help us now.
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    John 21:15-23.
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    "And when they had finished breakfast,
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    Jesus said to Simon Peter,
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    'Simon, son of John,
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    do you love Me more than these?'
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    He said to Him,
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    'Yes Lord, You know that I love You.'
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    He said to him, 'Feed My lambs.'
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    He said to him a second time,
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    'Simon, son of John, do you love Me?'
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    He said to Him,
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    'Yes Lord, You know that I love You.'
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    He said to him,
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    'Tend My sheep.'
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    He said to him a third time,
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    'Simon, son of John, do you love Me?'
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    Peter was grieved
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    because He said to him the third time,
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    'Do you love Me?'
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    And he said to Him,
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    'Lord, You know everything.
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    You know that I love You.'
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    Jesus said to him,
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    'Feed My sheep.
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    Truly, I say to you,
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    when you were young,
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    you used to dress yourself
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    and walk wherever you wanted,
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    but when you are old,
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    you will stretch out your hands
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    and another will dress you
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    and carry you where
    you do not want to go.'
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    This He said to show by what kind of death
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    he (that is Peter) was to glorify God.
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    And after saying this, He said to him,
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    'Follow Me.'
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    Peter turned and saw the
    disciple whom Jesus loved
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    following them,
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    the one who had been
    reclining at table close to Him,
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    who had said, 'Lord,
    who it that will betray you?'
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    when Peter saw him, he said to Jesus,
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    'Lord, what about this man?'
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    Jesus said to him,
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    'If it is My will that he
    remain until I come,
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    what is that to you?
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    You follow Me.'
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    So the saying spread abroad
    among the brothers
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    that this disciple was not to die.
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    Yet, Jesus did not say to him
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    that he was not to die,
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    but if it is My will that he
    remains until I come,
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    what is that to you?"
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    During the 40 days
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    between the resurrection
    and the ascension of Christ,
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    where was Jesus?
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    Well, He was not as commonly thought
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    on earth continually for
    40 days in Jerusalem.
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    He's now after the resurrection
    what has been called
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    the Heavenly Man in Paradise.
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    And He will now over 40 days
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    make appearances in and around Jerusalem.
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    He appears to many.
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    That is, He surprised
    unannounced appearances.
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    He just pops into locked rooms.
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    He just suddenly appears here and there.
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    Two guys walking on the Emmaus road,
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    grieving, sharing,
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    suddenly this Stranger appears,
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    starts walking with them -
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    He's making appearances.
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    Resurrection appearances.
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    The Gospels say that when they
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    were in the upper room at one point,
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    He came and stood among them.
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    How many appearances were there?
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    After the resurrection,
    before the ascension?
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    Well, 14 are mentioned in the Gospels,
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    in the book of Acts, Galatians,
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    and 1 Corinthians 15.
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    Different days and different times
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    the Lord appeared.
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    First to Mary Magdalene,
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    second to some women
    returning from the tomb,
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    third to Peter, fourth appearance
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    was to the two on the Emmaus road,
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    fifth appearance was
    to 10 of the disciples
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    in the upper room,
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    the sixth appearance was 11 of them -
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    remember Thomas wasn't
    there the first time -
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    11 disciples in the upper room,
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    the seventh appearance
    is this one - John 21.
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    The disciples fishing on
    the Sea of Tiberius.
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    This is here in John 21.
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    And there are six more,
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    including appearances to James,
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    Stephen, Saul of Tarsus,
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    and John on the isle of Patmos.
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    And then the biggest group
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    Paul interestingly mentions
    in 1 Corinthians 15,
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    how the Lord appeared to over 500
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    at one time.
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    So here in John 21 is His 7th appearance
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    where the disciples are fishing,
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    they've gone fishing.
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    And virtually all of this
    chapter of John 21
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    records this appearance,
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    this event, this experience
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    of the Lord with the disciples
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    and particularly with Peter.
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    The entire scene - He comes to all of them
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    and He's on the shore, they're fishing,
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    He says come, let's have
    breakfast together.
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    And they recognize that it's the Lord.
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    So this account is about Him
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    appearing to all of them,
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    but then He's got His eye
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    particularly on one of them.
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    And the entire scene is especially meant
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    to restore Peter fully,
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    where Peter knows it -
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    and not only where he knows it,
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    where he feels it
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    and he experiences full restoration.
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    You know, I'm a baseball fan.
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    My son was a good baseball player,
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    and Philip Neeley and I,
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    we have an annual trip
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    to watch one pro baseball game.
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    I enjoy baseball.
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    We usually talk more about the Gospel
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    and the kingdom
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    than we do watching baseball,
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    but I like baseball.
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    A triple in baseball is more rare
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    even than a home run.
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    Well, Peter had a triple denial of Jesus.
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    And remember he went out and did what?
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    He wept bitterly.
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    If you documented all of Peter's
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    major responses to the
    Lord Jesus in 3 years,
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    where he was right or he was wrong,
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    where he was victorious
    or he was a failure,
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    at the calming of the sea in the boat,
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    his response was:
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    "Depart from me, Lord,
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    for I am a sinful man."
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    That's a victory.
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    That's a right response.
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    And then he says later
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    when the Lord asked him:
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    "Who do men say that I am?"
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    "Peter, what about you?"
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    "You are the Christ, the
    Son of the living God."
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    Victory.
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    Right.
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    "Flesh and blood have
    not revealed this to you.
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    My Father in heaven revealed this to you."
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    And then, Peter turns around
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    this same hour when the
    Lord has told them plainly
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    He's going to be rejected,
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    He's going to suffer and die.
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    Peter takes Him aside, and Mark says
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    that Peter began to rebuke Him.
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    And the Lord interrupts
    him and rebukes him
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    and says, "Get behind Me, Satan!"
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    Failure.
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    Peter's failure.
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    Walking on the water,
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    sinking in unbelief.
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    Failure.
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    Discussing who's going to be the greatest.
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    Failure.
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    Self-confidently affirming:
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    "I will never fail. I will never deny You.
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    Even if everyone else does, I will not."
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    Failure.
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    He denies the Lord three
    times with an oath,
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    failure, failure, failure.
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    Seven of these nine times were failures,
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    like a necklace that you
    might have stringed together -
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    two nice pearls with seven
    ugly thorns on the necklace.
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    Well, the pearls are nice
    and they're wonderful,
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    but it would be better if there
    weren't the ugly thorns, right?
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    What would that final massive failure
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    of denials do to Peter's heart?
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    And where did it leave him spiritually?
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    We don't know.
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    The Gospel writers don't
    give us an insight.
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    They don't give us details.
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    They don't give us Peter's
    testimony about it.
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    But what happens in the heart and mind
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    and emotions and in the soul
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    of a believer who stumbles so much?
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    Who fails?
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    Who in weak moments
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    makes wrong choices?
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    And is not even themselves?
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    And they sin so miserably?
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    You know, if the other disciples
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    had been around the fire that night
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    with Peter warming himself
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    and had heard Peter,
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    they would have all been shocked.
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    Perhaps if they had been there
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    he would have been strengthened
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    to not deny the Lord, but he does.
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    What does a Christian experience
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    within the walls of his own heart
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    and his own thoughts?
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    All Christian experience - good or bad -
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    involves and never lacks
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    true human emotion, feelings.
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    The human drama of experiential realities
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    that go on that God sees,
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    that you experience,
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    and nobody knows it's going on
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    when it's happening.
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    Wounded, hurting, reeling, doubting.
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    What all was Peter experiencing?
    We don't know.
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    What is certain is this:
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    All Christian experience -
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    both victories in obedience
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    and failures in sin -
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    all Christian experience has woven into it
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    the human fabric of every real
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    human emotion, struggle, and battle.
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    Anger.
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    Fear.
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    Frustration.
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    Weak moments of compromise.
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    An unrenewed mind
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    that in moments doesn't view things right
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    and you believe a lie.
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    Deep feelings.
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    The pull of wrong desires.
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    When you know it's wrong
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    and you're pulled more toward it
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    than away from it.
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    Defeat in your heart by wrong choices.
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    Hope and sadness,
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    small and big consequences.
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    Small and big compromises.
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    And the sadness with feelings
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    of defeat and failure.
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    A believer can be left
    in such a condition.
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    It's like getting the breath
    knocked out of you severely.
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    You can't function.
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    You can't even think clearly for awhile.
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    You can't respond,
    you can't talk about it.
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    The heavens are brass.
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    Your mind is clouded
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    with feelings and thoughts and struggles.
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    You don't even know how to see reality.
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    You're left stunned and passive
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    and unable to do
    anything except feel pain.
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    So Peter's condition -
    probably some of this
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    and much of this in there
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    after the resurrection.
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    When he realizes the Lord is raised,
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    he's astounded, he's amazed.
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    You know he had joy.
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    But he had to still have baggage.
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    And isn't that the process
    of sanctification
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    when the Lord saves us?
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    Sanctification is the Holy Spirit
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    dealing with all our baggage.
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    A lot of baggage.
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    Still regrets that will
    hinder Peter's future
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    had to have been there.
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    If not, why would Jesus
    pull him aside here
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    not to remind him of his past,
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    not to say, hey Peter, remember the fire?
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    Remember what you did?
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    Remember when our eyes met?
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    Remember, Peter?
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    The Lord didn't do that.
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    Not to remind him of his past,
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    but to call him to the future
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    and heal him with His love.
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    That's what's involved here.
    That's what's going on.
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    How does the Lord do this?
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    There is nothing more beautiful and wise;
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    there is no more beautiful and wise
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    approach in the Bible
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    of personal restoration and revival
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    than the Lord's dealings with Peter here.
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    What is the Lord's approach and process?
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    Well, it's wonderful. Look at v. 12.
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    Let's go to IHOP.
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    Let's have breakfast, guys.
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    What was Peter thinking?
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    Apparently, he and the Lord
    had not had a sit down yet.
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    They had not been able to discuss things.
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    And Peter had seen -
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    we don't know what was said -
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    but here's a post-resurrection
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    restoration breakfast party.
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    And they're just going
    to eat together first.
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    What an approach! It breaks the ice.
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    Let's have breakfast.
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    This is relational. This is time together.
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    And after a fellowship
    meal with all of them,
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    and an atmosphere of welcome
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    and acceptance and peace,
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    Jesus then turns His attention one-on-one,
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    He turns His heart and His attention
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    to Peter for one-on-one ministry.
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    And we're going to see beginning in v. 15
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    the Lord's call of Peter not to look back,
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    but His call of Peter to go forward.
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    Onward, upward, out of the lowlands
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    of a blistering defeat.
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    The higher ground of love and grace.
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    What does the Lord say
    to Peter to restore him?
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    First of all: Love Me.
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    Verses 15-17,
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    "When they had finished breakfast,
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    Jesus said to Simon Peter,
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    'Simon, do you love Me more than these?'
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    'Yes Lord, You know I love You.'"
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    Verse 16,
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    "Simon, do you love Me?"
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    "Yes Lord, You know I love You."
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    Verse 17,
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    "Simon, do you love Me?"
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    Peter was grieved, but he said,
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    "Yes Lord, You know everything.
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    You know that I love You."
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    Why this broken record of love?
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    Peter had a triple denial,
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    and here the Lord hits a triple too.
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    Do you love Me?
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    Whatever failure you've had -
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    distance or last week -
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    the Lord's word to you right now is:
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    Do you love Me?
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    Do you love Me?
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    Isn't it obvious that Jesus is
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    gently blowing on the embers
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    of Peter's wounded heart
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    to rekindle a mutual love relationship?
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    Breakfast is finished with all of them.
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    And He sits down with Peter:
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    Peter, do you love Me?
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    Do you love Me more than these?
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    Now what did He mean by that?
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    More than these things?
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    No, obviously, that's
    not what He's saying.
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    Do you love Me more
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    than you love these other disciples?
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    That's not it either.
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    It's this: Do you love Me
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    more than these other disciples love Me?
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    Why would the Lord do that?
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    Because Peter, remember,
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    had confidently boasted days before:
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    If they all forsake You, I won't.
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    I'm further along in my
    sanctification than these guys are.
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    I'll never do it.
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    I'll die with You before I deny You.
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    Peter confidently stated he would have
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    devotion that exceeds theirs.
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    Well, you know, it didn't
    take death to deny Jesus.
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    It only took a servant girl by the fire
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    glancing at him and then
    taking a second look
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    and realizing: Hey, you were with Him!
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    You're one of them!
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    It only took that for Peter suddenly
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    to deny the Lord three times
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    even with an oath.
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    That's all it took.
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    Peter didn't have the devoted
    love he thought he had.
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    He wasn't as far along as he thought.
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    He didn't see that he
    was yet capable of this.
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    He thought more highly
    of himself than he should.
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    He boasted of greater love,
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    but he failed the first test.
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    And even did what others did not do.
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    He denied the Lord three times.
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    So certainly, the Lord is
    saying to Peter and to us:
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    Peter, what about your love for Me now?
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    Do you still believe you love Me more
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    than the others love Me?
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    What's the Lord doing here?
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    He's doing heart surgery on Peter here
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    to begin the healing balm
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    of restored love.
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    It would be hard and humiliating
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    to be in Peter's place
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    because those feelings
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    and human thoughts and emotions
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    of how does the Lord really view me now?
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    We've not really yet talked about this.
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    It's hard to look Him in the eye.
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    Because He looked at me after I denied Him
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    and that look has haunted me ever since.
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    How could I have done it?
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    What a fool I was!
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    What a failure I've been!
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    Where do I stand now?
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    Do the other disciples
    even want me around?
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    Do they trust me?
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    Things can't ever be the same.
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    As the song says,
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    that was then, but this is now.
  • 19:12 - 19:13
    What all did Peter fear?
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    Well, we're not clear, but what is clear
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    is wounded Peter wasn't healed yet
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    and Jesus is healing him here.
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    In light of his denials, his humiliation,
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    his seeing his own heart,
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    his tears of repentance,
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    where does his love for
    the Savior stand now?
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    Now, how is loving the Savior
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    when you've sinned against Him
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    and you've failed Him so much?
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    Restored love is the need.
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    And isn't that the need for all of us?
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    Always.
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    And it's always the remedy
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    for restoration and for
    being turned again.
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    The Lord Jesus Christ here
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    loves Peter tenderly,
    patiently, and perfectly,
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    and not only wants Peter to know it,
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    He wants Peter to love Him right then.
  • 20:06 - 20:08
    That's why He's saying:
    Do you love Me, Peter?
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    Come on, give Me your love.
  • 20:10 - 20:12
    Give Me your heart afresh.
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    He wants Peter's love
    restored so Peter will be healed.
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    Now after the third question
    (Peter, do you love Me?),
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    Peter is grieved.
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    What kind of grief was this?
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    It was not the grief of
    embarrassment or hurt feelings.
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    It was the grief of a sad, tender heart
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    who had failed his Lord.
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    Feelings of loving sorrow
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    mixed with longing for the Lord.
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    Christ is drawing Peter
    with cords of love here.
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    A threefold cord of a question of love.
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    Christ - the goodness of God
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    is bringing Peter fully back
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    and it's painful. It's painful.
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    This is Gospel surgery at its best.
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    Someone said, "Gospel
    surgery's always free,
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    but it's not always easy."
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    Lee Dodd in our church weeks ago
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    one Sunday morning speaking about Peter,
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    he said, "It's as if Jesus is applying
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    the healing ointment of His love,
  • 21:14 - 21:16
    but it's going to sting a bit."
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    Have you ever had a nurse
    or a doctor tell you that?
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    Now this is going to hurt a little.
  • 21:22 - 21:27
    The Lord Jesus' questions
    were stinging a bit.
  • 21:27 - 21:30
    So Jesus is going for Peter's heart,
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    and guess what, He's going to get it.
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    He's going to get it fully back.
  • 21:34 - 21:36
    Peter, where does your love
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    stand with Me now?
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    Because love is stronger than death.
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    Love is stronger than a denial.
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    Love is stronger than a failure.
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    Love's stronger than you blowing it
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    and not knowing if you can recover.
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    Could Peter now truly say or not:
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    If ever I love Thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.
  • 22:00 - 22:02
    Peter must face it and answer it.
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    Do you really love Me, Peter?
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    Not just with human sentiment
  • 22:06 - 22:09
    and human love, but with divine love.
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    The call to love Him.
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    Secondly, verses 15-17.
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    The Lord says to Peter,
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    "Shepherd My sheep."
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    "Shepherd My sheep."
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    The Lord is not only restoring
    Peter's love for Him,
  • 22:26 - 22:28
    He's restoring Peter's
    call to future ministry.
  • 22:28 - 22:32
    But don't you think Peter felt inside:
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    I'm done.
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    I'm disqualified.
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    How could I?
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    Who could ever listen to me again?
  • 22:39 - 22:42
    Who could ever trust me again?
  • 22:42 - 22:44
    Isn't it profound in a way
  • 22:44 - 22:45
    that the triple denier of Jesus
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    becomes the Apostle to the Jews?
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    I think that's pretty amazing.
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    The Lord links the
    threefold call to love Him
  • 22:56 - 22:59
    with a threefold call to
    now shepherd His sheep.
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    If you love Me, feed My lambs.
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    If you love Me, tend My sheep.
  • 23:06 - 23:10
    If you love Me, feed My sheep.
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    Now the word "tend" there
  • 23:12 - 23:15
    means to act as a shepherd toward them
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    in all that it means.
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    In every way it means to shepherd
  • 23:19 - 23:22
    and care for them, you do that.
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    If you love Me, this is My
    love expressed through you.
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    Tend the sheep.
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    To feed means just that.
  • 23:31 - 23:33
    Give them the rightful nourishment
  • 23:33 - 23:36
    for spiritual health and growth.
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    So, Peter's sermon at Pentecost
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    is the fruit of this exhortation.
  • 23:43 - 23:47
    1 and 2 Peter is the fruit
  • 23:47 - 23:49
    of this exhortation:
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    Peter, feed My sheep. Care for My lambs.
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    Two words used about the sheep here:
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    The first one (sheep)
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    is not the older, more mature sheep.
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    It's the younger smaller sheep.
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    They're not lambs, but they're younger,
  • 24:06 - 24:08
    smaller sheep.
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    Distinct from the older, bigger ones.
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    Peter, you are to give special care
  • 24:13 - 24:14
    to the smaller sheep
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    who have growing needs.
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    You love Me? You care for
    these smaller sheep.
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    This is the word "lambs."
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    My lambs - young, new converts.
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    The word is only used in the plural form
  • 24:28 - 24:29
    in the New Testament.
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    These smaller sheep
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    and even the little lambs -
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    your love for Me involves your heart
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    having endearment to them,
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    tenderness toward them,
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    care for them - loving, tender care
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    of My sheep and My lambs.
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    My young ones are of a
    special concern to My heart, Peter.
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    And if you love Me,
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    you take care of My sheep.
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    I want them on your heart.
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    Your love for Me is real and applied
  • 25:04 - 25:07
    especially toward the care of My sheep.
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    This says something that's major:
  • 25:09 - 25:11
    Love for the Savior
  • 25:11 - 25:13
    that translates into
    real love for His sheep
  • 25:13 - 25:17
    is the first requirement of a pastor.
  • 25:17 - 25:19
    Love for the Savior
  • 25:19 - 25:23
    that translates into real
    love for His sheep
  • 25:23 - 25:26
    is the first requirement of a pastor.
  • 25:26 - 25:28
    For every Christian also
  • 25:28 - 25:30
    toward their brethren,
  • 25:30 - 25:32
    because we cannot love God
  • 25:32 - 25:33
    whom we haven't seen,
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    if we don't love the brothers
    and sisters we do see.
  • 25:39 - 25:42
    Love Me, Peter!
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    Shepherd My sheep.
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    Third, v. 18-19.
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    Die for Me.
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    You're going to die for Me.
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    When you were young,
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    you went about wherever you wanted -
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    you could go fish, you could come in,
  • 26:02 - 26:04
    you could go wherever you want to,
  • 26:04 - 26:06
    you were independent, you were free.
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    When you're old, it's going
    to be a different story.
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    Others are going to gird you
  • 26:11 - 26:13
    and they're going to take you
  • 26:13 - 26:14
    where you in the natural realm
  • 26:14 - 26:17
    would not want to have to go.
  • 26:17 - 26:19
    They're going to take you
    where you don't want to go.
  • 26:19 - 26:21
    And John's commentary: This He said
  • 26:21 - 26:23
    signifying to Peter
  • 26:23 - 26:27
    what kind of death he was going to die.
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    Peter's here called to be a martyr.
  • 26:32 - 26:34
    Peter's crucifixion is affirmed
  • 26:34 - 26:35
    in the early centuries
  • 26:35 - 26:38
    by Eusebius, Tertullian, and others.
  • 26:38 - 26:41
    And it's prophesied by Jesus here
  • 26:41 - 26:43
    and it's commented on later by Peter
  • 26:43 - 26:45
    in 2 Peter 1:14.
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    "Since I know that the putting
    off of my body will be soon
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    as our Lord Jesus Christ
    made clear to me."
  • 26:53 - 26:56
    In two epistles, Peter is shepherding,
  • 26:56 - 26:58
    feeding, tending to the sheep
  • 26:58 - 27:01
    and the lambs in love as his last ministry
  • 27:01 - 27:04
    before he knows where he's going.
  • 27:04 - 27:08
    Called to die as the Lord died.
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    Now we're all called to live unto the Lord
  • 27:13 - 27:18
    and we're all called to be willing to die,
  • 27:18 - 27:21
    and some will be called to die.
  • 27:21 - 27:27
    But whether we live or whether
    we die, we're the Lord's.
  • 27:27 - 27:30
    But Peter, this is in your future.
  • 27:30 - 27:34
    So love Me, feed My sheep, care for them,
  • 27:34 - 27:40
    and then, you're going to die like I died.
  • 27:40 - 27:43
    God is glorified in the death of martyrs.
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    If you've never read "Fair Sunshine,"
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    get it and read it.
  • 27:49 - 27:50
    Two ladies in that book -
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    maybe they were both Margaret's -
  • 27:53 - 27:54
    do you remember?
  • 27:54 - 27:57
    One was about 60,
    one was a teenager or 20's -
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    two Margaret's.
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    They were caught
  • 28:02 - 28:06
    by the persecuting authorities in Scotland
  • 28:06 - 28:12
    for attending a church
    meeting or for owning a Bible.
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    They took them out in the sea
  • 28:18 - 28:20
    and the chained the older one
  • 28:20 - 28:24
    out in the water
  • 28:24 - 28:26
    so she would be drowned
    first with the tide.
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    They chained the younger one
  • 28:31 - 28:32
    in a little more shallow water,
  • 28:32 - 28:34
    but it was strategic -
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    so she would have to face
  • 28:37 - 28:42
    and see her sister in the faith die first.
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    And they died victoriously.
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    Some are called to die.
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    Peter's called to die here.
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    Love Me.
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    Feed My sheep.
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    Die for Me.
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    Fourthly, verse 22.
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    Really, 21, "When Peter saw him
  • 29:03 - 29:04
    (that is John) he said to Jesus,
  • 29:04 - 29:06
    'Lord, what about this man?'
  • 29:06 - 29:06
    Jesus said to him,
  • 29:06 - 29:09
    'If it's My will that he
    remains until I come,
  • 29:09 - 29:11
    what's that to you? Follow Me.'"
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    Verse 23, "So the saying spread abroad
  • 29:13 - 29:14
    among the brethren..."
  • 29:14 - 29:16
    Here's bad hermeneutics;
  • 29:16 - 29:21
    here's bad Bible interpretation.
  • 29:21 - 29:23
    The saying spread among the brothers
  • 29:23 - 29:26
    that this discple was not going to die.
  • 29:26 - 29:27
    So it went viral.
  • 29:27 - 29:30
    Things could go viral in that day too.
  • 29:30 - 29:33
    The saying spread abroad
    among the brethren
  • 29:33 - 29:34
    that John wasn't going to die.
  • 29:34 - 29:37
    He was going to live till
    the Lord comes back.
  • 29:37 - 29:39
    "Yet Jesus did not say to him
  • 29:39 - 29:40
    that he was not going to die,
  • 29:40 - 29:43
    but He said 'if it's My will
  • 29:43 - 29:47
    that he remains until I come,
  • 29:47 - 29:51
    what is that to you?'"
  • 29:51 - 29:56
    The fourth truth in being a disciple:
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    Don't misunderstand the Lord's teaching.
  • 29:59 - 30:01
    Don't misunderstand the Bible.
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    They were guilty of bad hermeneutics here,
  • 30:05 - 30:08
    wrong interpretation of one statement.
  • 30:08 - 30:15
    And it's amazing that even
    though John clarified this,
  • 30:15 - 30:19
    Augustine even into the
    4th and 5th centuries,
  • 30:19 - 30:22
    Augustine said there were those
  • 30:22 - 30:24
    in the Christian world that still believed
  • 30:24 - 30:29
    John was somewhere in hiding alive
  • 30:29 - 30:31
    and wasn't dead yet.
  • 30:31 - 30:34
    Heresy is hard to kill.
  • 30:34 - 30:38
    Heresy often begins right from Scripture.
  • 30:38 - 30:40
    Deceiving spirits, misinterpretation,
  • 30:40 - 30:43
    misunderstanding of Bible verses,
  • 30:43 - 30:45
    listening out of carnal curiosity
  • 30:45 - 30:47
    to bad teachers.
  • 30:47 - 30:49
    I spoke to a Jehovah's Witness recently,
  • 30:49 - 30:51
    in recent weeks,
  • 30:51 - 30:54
    and I said I've got a question for you.
  • 30:54 - 30:55
    Why is it that you don't believe
  • 30:55 - 30:57
    Jesus was bodily raised from the dead
  • 30:57 - 31:00
    even though the Bible
    clearly shows that He was?
  • 31:00 - 31:03
    He was physical. They touched Him.
  • 31:03 - 31:05
    And his answer was this:
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    Well, He couldn't have been that
    way when He went to heaven.
  • 31:08 - 31:10
    It had to be spiritual
    because the Bible says
  • 31:10 - 31:15
    flesh and blood shall not
    inherit the kingdom of God.
  • 31:15 - 31:19
    What a proof text of heresy!
  • 31:19 - 31:25
    So we must take heed how we hear.
  • 31:25 - 31:27
    We must take heed what we hear.
  • 31:27 - 31:30
    We must understand and understand
  • 31:30 - 31:33
    and be clear so as not to be misled
  • 31:33 - 31:35
    or mislead.
  • 31:35 - 31:37
    That's why John puts his commentary here
  • 31:37 - 31:39
    so we won't misunderstand
    the Lord's teaching.
  • 31:42 - 31:47
    Fifthly, v. 20-22.
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    The Lord tells Peter:
  • 31:49 - 31:53
    Keep your eyes only on Me.
  • 31:53 - 31:55
    Now where do you find that?
  • 31:55 - 31:59
    Well, notice what the
    Lord had said to Peter
  • 31:59 - 32:02
    at the end of verse 19.
  • 32:02 - 32:04
    "Follow Me."
  • 32:04 - 32:06
    Follow Me - but what did Peter do?
  • 32:06 - 32:08
    The next sentence says
  • 32:08 - 32:12
    he turned and saw John.
  • 32:12 - 32:13
    The Lord has said, "Follow Me."
  • 32:13 - 32:17
    Peter turns and sees John.
  • 32:17 - 32:26
    Peter is distracted about
    God's will for John.
  • 32:26 - 32:28
    Think about it, here's this big context
  • 32:28 - 32:30
    of the Lord restoring Peter in love,
  • 32:30 - 32:33
    calls him again to shepherd the sheep,
  • 32:33 - 32:35
    tells him how he's going to die,
  • 32:35 - 32:41
    and then the Lord says, "Follow Me."
  • 32:41 - 32:44
    Wouldn't that be enough for now?
  • 32:44 - 32:46
    Well, apparently not,
  • 32:46 - 32:48
    because Peter turns and looks at John
  • 32:48 - 32:50
    and says what about him?
  • 32:50 - 32:51
    What about him?
  • 32:51 - 32:53
    Why did Peter do that?
  • 32:53 - 32:55
    It may have been if he realizes
  • 32:55 - 32:58
    he's going to die, he was close to John,
  • 32:58 - 33:01
    he wonders is this his fate too.
  • 33:01 - 33:02
    What are You going to do with John?
  • 33:02 - 33:07
    What about John's future?
  • 33:07 - 33:09
    And Jesus in essence said:
  • 33:09 - 33:12
    What about John?
  • 33:12 - 33:16
    Was I talking about John?
  • 33:16 - 33:20
    Is My business about
    John's future your business?
  • 33:20 - 33:22
    Or as we would say:
  • 33:22 - 33:28
    This is on a need-to-know
    basis and guess what?
  • 33:28 - 33:31
    What is that to you?
  • 33:31 - 33:33
    Follow Me.
  • 33:33 - 33:38
    See, we're called not to be
    distracted by others,
  • 33:38 - 33:39
    and Christ called us -
  • 33:39 - 33:42
    especially by those we love
  • 33:42 - 33:43
    and are closest to.
  • 33:43 - 33:45
    We're not to be distracted by others
  • 33:45 - 33:48
    and their calling, God's will for them,
  • 33:48 - 33:50
    their situations.
  • 33:50 - 33:53
    And Peter was distracted
  • 33:53 - 33:55
    with a viewpoint, an attitude,
  • 33:55 - 33:57
    nosiness, meddling, wondering
  • 33:57 - 34:00
    about what was not his business.
  • 34:00 - 34:03
    How easy is it for people to become
  • 34:04 - 34:12
    a distracting hindrance to
    our single-eyed devotion.
  • 34:12 - 34:15
    Our minds can so easily be
  • 34:15 - 34:21
    on other's path more than our own path.
  • 34:21 - 34:26
    If John's future was
    Peter's responsibility,
  • 34:26 - 34:29
    Jesus would have mentioned it to Peter.
  • 34:29 - 34:30
    He did not say:
  • 34:30 - 34:31
    Peter, here's your new commission.
  • 34:31 - 34:34
    Love Me, feed My sheep, die for Me,
  • 34:34 - 34:36
    and oh, here's information about John
  • 34:36 - 34:38
    because you're responsible for him also.
  • 34:38 - 34:40
    He didn't say that.
  • 34:40 - 34:43
    Jesus restores the fallen Peter,
  • 34:43 - 34:45
    reaffirms his calling,
  • 34:45 - 34:52
    and has to rebuke the nosy Peter.
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    Peter should leave all distractions alone
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    because they weren't his.
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    What is that to you?
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    What business is that of yours?
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    And how often do we need to hear this?
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    Well, I don't think that church over there
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    is quite doing right.
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    What's that to you?
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    You follow Christ.
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    Well, I don't think they
    have the right view
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    of which translation of the Bible to use.
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    What's that? That's none of your business.
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    You follow Christ.
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    Well, I think they're too young
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    to be going to the mission field.
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    How much are we carnally curious
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    about other people's issues
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    when we haven't even
    fully dealt with our own
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    and we aren't fully obeying Christ
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    as to what He's shown us to do?
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    Jesus declines to
    satisfy Peter's curiosity.
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    It is no business of Peter's
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    what's going to happen to John.
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    Even if the Lord wills
    for John to stay alive
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    even to His return,
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    why would Peter even need to know that?
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    He doesn't need to know.
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    He doesn't need to know
    anything about John.
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    How much do we need to know
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    about God's purpose and will for others?
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    Even those we're closest to?
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    How much do we really need to know?
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    Elders and pastors need to know.
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    Church leaders need to know more,
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    oftentimes for the protection.
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    But generally speaking,
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    how much do we need to know
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    about God's business
    in other people's lives?
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    What is that to you,
    O thou nosy Christian?
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    Mind your own business.
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    Keep to your own stuff.
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    You know, one of the greatest examples
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    of this mistake is Josiah.
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    He reigned 31 years in Jerusalem.
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    He became king when he was 8 years old.
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    At 16 years old, the Bible says
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    he began to seek the Lord seriously.
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    He began to seek the God of David.
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    And he began purging Jerusalem
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    of idols and carved images.
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    One of the best kings in Israel's history.
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    And 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles
    gives his record.
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    He kept the Passover in Jerusalem.
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    He appointed priests to their offices
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    and encouraged them in the
    service of the house of God.
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    He put the ark in the temple
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    that Solomon built.
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    He cut down the altars of Baal.
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    And he was present himself
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    when his men cut those altars to Baal down
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    the Bible says.
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    He told the priests: Consecrate yourselves
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    and prepare for your brothers to do
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    according to the Word
    of the Lord by Moses.
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    The singers, the sons of Asaph,
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    were under Josiah's leadership in Israel.
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    And the Bible says,
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    "...No Passover like it had
    been kept in Israel
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    since the days of Samuel the prophet."
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    2 Chronicles 35 summarizes Josiah's life.
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    The rest of the acts of Josiah
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    and his good deeds
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    are written in the book of the kings.
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    But you know what?
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    You remember his major misstep.
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    One big misstep cost him his life.
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    He didn't apostatize
    and worship the Baals.
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    He didn't love like Solomon
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    loved a bunch of strange women
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    and let them pull his heart away
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    to false gods like Solomon did.
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    What did Josiah do?
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    He didn't mind his own business.
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    He began meddling in
    affairs that weren't his.
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    He began to pick a fight with a dog,
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    but the dog didn't want to fight him.
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    But he picked the fight
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    and the dog had to fight him.
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    2 Chronicles says after
    Josiah prepared the temple,
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    he heard about Neco, the king of Egypt,
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    who was going to war with someone
  • 38:40 - 38:43
    over near the Euphrates River.
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    And it's not Josiah's business;
    it's not his battle.
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    He doesn't have a bone to pick.
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    Israel's welfare is not at stake.
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    But he couldn't leave it alone.
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    Josiah goes out to meet Neco
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    basically to pick a fight
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    when Neco wasn't coming to Israel.
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    And the Bible says, "Neco
    sent messengers to Josiah,"
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    and said this: What do we
    have to do with you, O king?
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    What do we have to do with each other?
  • 39:15 - 39:17
    I'm not coming against you this day
  • 39:17 - 39:18
    but someone else.
  • 39:18 - 39:20
    Listen, I'm in a hurry. Stop!
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    Because God is with me,
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    lest He destroy you.
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    And here was Josiah's mistake:
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    The Bible says, "Nevertheless,
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    Josiah did not turn away from him."
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    He did not listen to the words of Neco
  • 39:37 - 39:39
    from the mouth of God,
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    but instead he came to fight,
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    and the archer shot Josiah
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    and he died and was buried.
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    And the Bible says all Jerusalem
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    and all Judah mourned for Josiah
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    and Jeremiah the prophet
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    lamented his death.
  • 39:56 - 39:58
    Neco was saying:
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    What is that to you?
  • 40:00 - 40:02
    You worship Jehovah.
  • 40:02 - 40:05
    What is that to you?
    This isn't your fight.
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    You're not called to meddle here.
  • 40:07 - 40:10
    Watch meddling.
  • 40:10 - 40:13
    A dear favorite preacher
    of mine said one time:
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    Watch out for meddling.
  • 40:14 - 40:16
    Don't meddle in what's not your business.
  • 40:16 - 40:18
    Don't be concerned about stuff
  • 40:18 - 40:20
    that's not for you to fix.
  • 40:20 - 40:22
    You follow Christ.
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    You stay focused on Him
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    and don't let people -
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    even those you love the most -
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    distract you from steadfast,
  • 40:30 - 40:32
    single-eyed obedience.
  • 40:32 - 40:34
    What is that to you, Peter?
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    You follow Me.
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    And that's the final thing
    the Lord said to him.
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    Not only: Love Me,
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    Feed My sheep,
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    Die for Me,
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    Mind your own business,
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    but "Follow Me."
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    And the Lord says it twice here:
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    Follow Me.
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    And then at the end He says,
  • 40:54 - 40:57
    "You follow Me."
  • 40:57 - 40:58
    Just follow Me.
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    Love Me,
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    care for My sheep,
  • 41:02 - 41:04
    follow Me, feed them, love them,
  • 41:04 - 41:05
    watch out for them,
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    don't let anyone mess with My bride,
  • 41:08 - 41:12
    shepherd My sheep.
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    Follow Me.
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    And in closing, let's just think about
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    a couple of thoughts here.
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    First lesson is this:
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    Restoration for a backslider -
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    restoration for a failed disciple.
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    Restoration and not defeat
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    is Christ's purpose for every one of us.
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    You may have come here
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    out of a recent fall, out of defeat.
  • 41:41 - 41:43
    Maybe for months, you've
    been in bad state.
  • 41:43 - 41:47
    Disappointments, failures,
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    secret things.
  • 41:50 - 41:53
    The Lord Jesus Christ says to you
  • 41:53 - 41:55
    this morning in your condition:
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    Love Me!
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    I want your heart's love.
  • 42:02 - 42:03
    Love Me.
  • 42:03 - 42:05
    Forget the past.
  • 42:05 - 42:08
    I'll clean you up.
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    I'm going to have those shepherd you,
  • 42:10 - 42:11
    care for you.
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    You may be the weakest lamb.
  • 42:12 - 42:14
    Just love Me. That's where you start.
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    Just love Him.
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    Just love Him.
  • 42:19 - 42:21
    Restoration, and not defeat,
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    is God's purpose for every child of God -
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    the younger sheep
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    down to the weakest lamb.
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    Secondly, failures don't disqualify you
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    necessarily from future growth
  • 42:36 - 42:38
    and future ministry.
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    Some failures will put people
  • 42:41 - 42:44
    properly out of the ministry.
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    But that's a small category, isn't it.
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    But failures - the worst of them -
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    don't disqualify you
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    from being restored in the love of Christ,
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    from following Him,
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    and being a blessing to love others
  • 43:00 - 43:03
    because you love Him.
  • 43:03 - 43:07
    Thirdly, it's the Gospel alone,
  • 43:07 - 43:10
    the love of Christ alone for His own
  • 43:10 - 43:13
    that is the healing remedy for anyone
  • 43:13 - 43:17
    who has fallen.
  • 43:17 - 43:20
    Backslider, I'll say what
    Spurgeon said one time.
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    He lifted up his voice and said
  • 43:22 - 43:24
    there's a backslider here today.
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    Come back home.
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    And I say that to you today.
  • 43:27 - 43:33
    Backslider, love Him.
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    Follow Him.
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    How deep the Father's love for us!
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    Oh, the deep, deep love of Jesus.
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    Let's sing that.
Title:
Jesus Restores Peter - Mack Tomlinson
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