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Peter passed the next few days in sorrow, unsure of what to do. He still remembered the day that he first met Jesus. He remembered those first few words that he spoke to Him, "Go away from me, for I am a sinful man!" (Luke 5:8) Oh how those words rang true now! What could he ever do? How could he, with all his sinfulness, ever hope to stand before his Lord of infinite holiness?
How could he ever hope to stand by his Lord whom he had seen in all His glory alongside Moses and Elijah? But not even that moment had been unstained by his rashness—oh how many times had he misspoken! Build a tabernacle for Moses, Elijah, and the Christ?! Oh how many times his words had nearly cost him his soul!
Those few days that he spent in such deep grief and guilt soon passed. Soon, the dawn of a new day arose— the day when he realized that his Lord had risen! All his weeping had not led to death. His repentance had led him to life! Praise God that he had not repented unto death as Judas had! And even more so, praise God that out of all the apostles, he was the first one to see the risen Christ! (1 Corinthians 15:5) Why was it that he was granted such a privilege?
In fact, he was so joyful that one morning, while fishing out in the lake, he saw his Lord on the shore— and wasting no time he jumped out of the boat and swam straight to the risen Christ.
The breakfast that he had with the risen Christ that morning was splendid, but it was nothing in comparison to what happened next. Jesus questioned him, saying, "Do you love me?" (John 21:15) And then again, "Do you love me?" (John 21:16) And then, yet a third time, "Do you love me?" (John 21:16) It was on the final time that he fully understood. He really was forgiven! There was grace to be found even for a wretch like him!
Not too long after that incident (after Jesus had ascended to heaven), he spoke as the leading apostle on the day of Pentecost. He urged the Jews, preaching to them, "Be saved from this perverse generation" (Acts 2:40). As the church began to grow, he, along with the rest of the apostles, performed many miraculous signs: healing the sick, making the lame well, and even raising the dead.
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