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May 23

Peter's Denial and Restoration


Edited: May 23

In all four of the gospels we read how Peter denied Yeshua three times on the night of His arrest.


Perhaps there is another interesting aspect of this story. Immediately after Peter denied Yeshua the first time we find him standing around a "fire of coals" with the servants and officers as Yeshua was being interrogated by the High Priest. It was a cool night in Spring and they were all warming themselves by the fire. Peter would go on to deny Yeshua two more times while standing around this fire. Peter had clearly sinned. (John 18:17-18, 25-27)


After the resurrection of Yeshua the disciples go out for some nighttime fishing (at Peter's suggestion) and they toil all night but catch no fish. Someone begins to talk with them from the shore. After following this man's advice they catch a net full of fishes. Then they realize it was Yeshua speaking with them. They hurry to shore to meet Him where they find that He has a "fire of coals" going and has fish and bread prepared for them to eat. It is around this fire that Yeshua asks Peter three times if he loves Him. (John 21: 3-9, 15-17)


Now surely Peter must have recognized the similarities between this incident and the former incident only a short time ago. In the first incident Peter had rejected his Master. The bold and confident Peter had failed at that moment. Around this second fire Peter comes to understand forgiveness and restoration. Each time that Yeshua asks Peter "do you love me" you can hear Peter crying out more earnestly, "yes you know that I love you".


Surely Peter's conscious burned within him as he remembered how he had denied the Lord three times around that earlier fire, but now, forgiveness and complete restoration would come to him around this second fire. There was no more condemnation. Peter would never deny his Lord again. Instead, he gave his life to show his love. Christian tradition states that Peter was crucified upside down because he did not feel worthy to be crucified like the Lord.


Oh that our conscious would burn like hot coals of fire and keep us from sinning against Him. He is able and willing to forgive us our sins if we just have a tender/repentant/obedient heart towards Him.






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