Welcome to our online Bible study on John!
— Read: John 18:1-27 —
As a quilter, I love making quilts for each of my family members.
For my daughters I’ve made lavender quilts, but for my son I made a Minecraft quilt. Because he loves all things Minecraft. But then one day, our silly dog chewed a hole right through a “sandstone” square.
Once the layers of a quilt are stitched together, a sewing machine can’t be used to repair a hole in the fabric. To mend the hole, I had to sew by hand a new patch onto the quilt.
In today’s reading, we see Peter’s failure. He denied knowing Jesus. Three times.
And a great tear ripped the fabric of his relationship with Jesus.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I’d particularly enjoy having my biggest failure printed in black and white for all future generations to see for thousands of years to come. But in Scripture, we see Peter’s blatant failure.
“Then the slave girl who was the doorkeeper said to Peter, ‘You aren’t one of this man’s disciples too, are you?’
‘I am not!’ he said. Now the slaves and the temple police had made a charcoal fire, because it was cold. They were standing there warming themselves, and Peter was standing with them, warming himself.” (John 18:17-18)
But Scripture doesn’t stop there. After Peter’s failure, there’s also a restoration.
Later in John’s Gospel, we see Jesus preparing a different charcoal fire.
When Peter first met Jesus three years earlier, he was fishing with his partners, James and John, who were busy mending and preparing the nets.
John uses the same Greek word for mending/preparing — katartizete — when he writes about Peter’s restoration.
Jesus prepares a charcoal fire, just like the charcoal fire Peter had once stood near when he denied knowing Jesus.
By preparing another charcoal fire, Jesus recreated a second scene, where this time, Peter could get it right. And it’s here, by this second charcoal fire, that Peter tells Jesus three times, “I love You, Lord.” And the relationship between Peter and Jesus is restored.
With a needle and thread I was able to repair the hole in my son’s quilt. It took some time and preparation. It took intention. In the same way, Jesus repaired — He mended — the tear in His relationship with Peter. He prepared a charcoal fire and gave Peter a second chance.
Jesus offers that same second chance to every one of us today.
No matter where we’ve been or what we’ve done, we can go to Him and ask for forgiveness. And He stands ready, to forgive and restore.
— Diving Deeper —
In what ways has Jesus pursued you?
Have you accepted His gift of grace and a second chance at a restored relationship?
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