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A Fresh Start

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“I have prayed for you, that your faith not fail. And after you have come through your time of testing, turn to your companions and give them a fresh start” (Luke 22:32 The Message).

peters-denialThere may be no other disciple in the New Testament with which so many believers today can personally indentify than Simon Peter. He was passionate and headstrong; quick to repent, and even sometimes quicker to blow it once more. His life unfolds before us in great drama, speaking time and and time again to the issues that lay within our own hearts.

Jesus told Peter, “Satan has desired you, that he might sift you as wheat.” That’s probably not anything you would want to hear from the Lord, is it? But He goes on to say, “I have prayed for you, that your faith not fail. And after you have come through your time of testing, turn to your companions and give them a fresh start” (Luke 22:32 The Message).

The testing came in the Garden that night when Jesus was arrested and Peter ultimately fell – denying that he even knew Jesus. We know from Scripture that after the rooster crowed, “Peter went out and wept bitterly.”(vs.62). It would be the last time he saw Jesus until after the resurrection.

Can you imagine how tortured his soul must have been? We can hear the hissing whispers of the Accuser blasting him mercilesly for denying Jesus, for leaving Him in the hands of those who murdered Him. All hope was lost; Peter had nothing left to live for now.

But then something happened. Jesus rose from the dead.

Oh what a difference that made for Peter….and for us! Peter wrote, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy has begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead!” (1 Peter 1:3).

This was a very real and personal fact for Peter; when Jesus rose from the dead – so did Peter, in a manner of speaking. And now Peter writes his letters to fulfill the very directive which the Lord gave him: “And after you have come through your time of testing, turn to your companions and give them a fresh start.”

Over the following days we are going to look at some of the things Peter has written to us – and receive our own fresh start in our Journey with Jesus.

Sound good to you?

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