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Cross to Pentecost: Risen to Reinstate

Risen to Reinstate
John 21:15-19

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.” 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.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” 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.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”


When you are destined for great things, failure is inevitable. Peter, who in chapters earlier was declared to be the rock of the church as we know it, failed. His emotions got the best of him, causing him to do the very thing he said he would not do, which was deny Jesus. However, Jesus once resurrected does something amazing. He reinstates Peter with the call, “Feed my lambs and feed my sheep.” Jesus commands Peter to take care of his flock, the flock he died for days before, which is frankly unimaginable. The one who ran and betrayed Jesus is now called to care for the His most prized possession. This is the power of the resurrection in action.

Peter was more than likely just as surprised as anyone with Jesus’ request. He ran in fear, hid and denied even spending time with Jesus. However, Jesus looked beyond all of that. Peter’s shortcomings did not disqualify him from completing his predestined assignment, it prepared him. As he went on to lead, there would be times to encourage those so deep in fear that they wanted to run and there would also be times to comfort those who found themselves doing the opposite of what they said they would do. Who better than someone who in their imperfection, reacted the very same way? The Resurrection in action is knowing that second chances are not only possible, but reality due to Jesus rising to live again after the ultimate defeat of death.

Easter is over. The beautiful outfits have been worn. The plentiful meals have been eaten. All the candy one can hold has been consumed. Most of all, the most powerful salvation messages of the year have been preached. We have celebrated the rising of the Savior in grand style. Now the work of living the resurrection has begun as we journey from the cross to Pentecost . Just as Peter returned from a very embarrassing moment in life only to realize that his perceived failure did not stop his predestined future in God, we too need to get back on our God-ordained journeys.

Just as Jesus defeated death, we too have some death in our lives to defeat. Yes, Easter is over but the resurrection as just started. Jesus rose to reinstate us to do what we were called to do.

Minister Tracey Bowen Bell
Bethel Apostolic Temple
Miami, FL



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  1. Pastor Delphine Lynetta Vasser says:

    Love it, Thank you for the message of Risen to be reinstated, Celebrating that you reminded us because of Jesus, we like Peter could be restated. Thank God for mercy and grace, and also thank you God for you message for the Body of Christ. May God continue to use you.

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