by John Barnett

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Peter's Life of New Beginnings - The Lesson Peter Never Forgot (5 of 10)
Series: The Gospel of the New Beginning
John Barnett
John 21

Peter reached the bottom and came to his darkest hour.

Alone and unprepared for temptation, he forgot Christ's warning and plunged into waters too deep for him. Drowning in fear, Peter succeeds in denying Jesus firmly and openly three times.

But Jesus, who warned him, also prayed for him, and now comes to Peter and restores him, giving Peter a new beginning on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

We have come to Peter's final lesson, the one he never forgot. In fact, to the end of his life he was talking about Christ's wondrous love and forgiveness that restored Peter back into ministry. In his letters Peter spoke of that love when he said:

1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins."

Peter's final lesson that comes from his darkest night and lasts for the rest of his life is that Jesus promised Peter a new beginning and offered complete forgiveness.

Start with me in Luke 22:32, 60-62

Luke 22:32, 61-62 "But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren."60 But Peter said, "Man, I do not know what you are saying!" Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. 61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, "Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times."62 So Peter went out and wept bitterly.

It was the miracle of the cock crowing at that exact moment that reminded Peter of God's Word; but the cock crow also signaled that a new day was dawning, for after all, that is what the rooster's call means each day—and Jesus promised Peter would be restored.

Peter had a new day, a new beginning of hope because he was remembering and trusting in what Jesus had said. It was a new day for Peter ...

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