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Did Jesus Actually Say That?  Guilt/Sin



One of the things that Jesus never said is that “You Get What You Deserve.”

Sometimes it’s easy to make promises to God, then break them and go back to life as normal.

What does God think of you when you are an absolute failure?

Peter – one of the earliest and closest disciples (inner three)

John 21:1 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee.

Mark 16:7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”

  • Tell Peter – because he probably wouldn’t have shown up – thought not invited anymore


John 21:3 “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

  • This is a career move – it is a place of comfort.  He was a career fisherman.  
  • Shame = pinball between business and distraction – get into work.  
  • Peter goes back to what he knew from the past – TOOK A STEP AWAY FROM WHAT GOD HAD CALLED HIM TO DO IN HIS LIFE.


John 21:4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.  5 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”  “No,” they answered.

  • Cast nets to other side of boat – this is done at the beginning of his ministry when he calls Peter (Luke 5)

John 21:6 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

  • Here in the moment of Peter’s greatest failure, Jesus recreates the miracle of when He first called Peter (The relationship is still open)


John 21: 7 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water.

  • Peter stops running from God – no more walling off the shame and distraction


John 21:8 The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards.  9 When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.  10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.”

John 21: 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.

They arrive on shore

  • charcoal fire/fish – Jesus didn’t need theirs, but he said to bring them
  • What does God do to you when you’re a failure?  He is gentle.  He cooks them breakfast. 
    • Breakfast was fellowship with people you love 
  • In our greatest failure, Jesus still recreates our greatest connection and says “I still want you.”
    • Jesus doesn’t want our own self-punishment
    • He wants a restored relationship with you
  • Charcoal fire – 2 spots in the Bible…here and when Peter was warming himself by the fire and denies Jesus.

John 21:15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”  “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”  Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”  16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”  He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”  Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.  17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”  Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.

  • Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
  • If Jesus was trying to shame Peter – he would keep pointing backwards … Jesus was pointing forwards – what He was calling him to do


***Jesus will take you to the moments of your greatest wounds, but not to hurt you…He does it to heal you

KEY:  Don’t let the failure of your past determine your future! 

Jesus heals our greatest wounds so that we can do all that he has called us to do.

POINT: God comes in the midst of our sin and shame and says, “I still want you.”

 Jesus didn’t dismiss Peter’s sin, He paid for it.  He has forgiven it and called Him to move on.