Bouncing Back

The Brew Is A Musing

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My Musings – Outside the Garden of Eden, Peter’s denial of Christ was perhaps the greatest recorded failure in the Bible (although David was a close contender).  And yet it was not too long afterwards that Peter and John astonished the religious leaders by boldly proclaiming Christ, causing them to take note of the impact that being with Jesus had made in their lives. Zig Ziglar is quoted as saying, “It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.”  Peter had fallen far, but through the power of the Holy Spirit bounced even higher.

I am sure Peter remembered his betrayal of Jesus all the days of his life and wished he had never denied Christ at all.  He could have wallowed in shame and guilt for the rest of his life, but he chose to learn from it and let it go.  And unlike the…

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Author: thebrewisamusing

I was raised in a Christian family and my earliest childhood memories include regular Sunday school and Church attendance as a family. I was taught that our Judeo-Christian values were not just a part of our Sunday routine they should be part of our character and influence all aspects of our lives. I was also taught that as important as these values were they could not save us. We must also be “born again” by accepting Christ.

3 thoughts on “Bouncing Back”

  1. Every time I read this I am reminded that while Peter denied Jesus three times, Jesus also asked Peter later on, just after His resurrection, if he loved Him three times and of course we have the agape/phileo exchange but the three times is also noteworthy. Of course Jesus already knew Peter’s answer but I can’t help feeling that Jesus showed Peter that He understood his denial and that it was forgiven. Not to mention, when Peter denied Jesus, the promise of the indwelling Holy Spirit had not been given to them yet. Your thoughts?

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    1. Two verses come to mind. Luke 22:32, where Jesus tells Peter when He turns back to strengthen his brothers and John 21:18 where Jesus predicts how Peter will die and concludes with “follow me!” Peter did indeed turn back and, as tradition tells us, did literally follow Jesus to a cross. Yes, Peter was not only forgiven, but restored.


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