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Jesus Restores: Peter’s Ministry (Part 5)

Peter is restored by Jesus. But restored to what?

Peter seemed to be the leader of the disciples and as Jesus is now leaving to make way for the Holy Spirit to come, Peter is stepping fully into that leadership role.

The book of Acts begins and we discover that “After his (Jesus) suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.” (Acts 1:3)

Jesus leaves the disciples, but not without instruction.

He says, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 1:4-5)

In the next chapter of the book of Acts the Holy Spirit does come. With a violent wind, tongues of fire, and foreign languages being spoken.

The believers were filled and began proclaiming Christ in these different languages.

Now, at the same time, in Jerusalem they were celebrating Pentecost or The Feast of Weeks.

It is during this very feast that there would be a multitude of people in Jerusalem, including many travelers from other regions in town for the festivities.

Once the disciples are filled with the Holy Spirit and begin to speak these foreign languages, we are told, “a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.” (Acts 2:6)

What is taking place is miraculous.

And apparently some believed that wine was the rosetta stone of the ancient world, because they said, “They have had too much wine.” (Acts 2:13)

Usually when I encounter drunk people they are struggling enough just to speak their own language.

But as the crowd is full of critics and those who are in awe, the text says, “Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd.” (Acts 2:14)

I am not going to dive into every word Peter said, but I would encourage you to read his sermon in Acts 2:15-40.

Peter feeds the sheep.

He feeds them by explaining who Jesus is.

“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” (Acts 2:36)

He feeds the people by telling them what they need to do in order to be reconciled to God.

“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.” (Acts 2:38)

Now Peter does all of this and the anointing of God is clearly on him.

“Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” (Acts 2:41)

3,000. That is a lot of people.

I have preached many sermons, and if one person makes a decision after a sermon I am celebrating for weeks.  But Peter, on his first time out, points 3,000 people to Christ.

It is clear that God was using the words of Peter, you could say there was an anointing on him.

But, before the anointing came the restoring.

Jesus loved Peter so much that he pursued him in an effort to restore him.

JESUS RESTORES.

And this is not a worldly restoration, with limits and bounds.

Jesus restores Peter and within a few weeks his purpose and plan for Peter is on display in amazing ways. (See timeline at bottom of post)

No matter what shame you have.

No matter what has made you want to run away from where God is calling you.

Jesus restores. He wants to restore you.

And not just for restoring, but for using.

You are not cursed.

You are not damaged goods with no purpose.

God is calling you back to your charcoal fire, to answer the question that matters most.

Go there. Proclaim your love for Jesus. Be restored.

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