Fresh Start - reinstating of Peter

Written By:
Dave Hopwood
Bible Refs: John 21:15-19
Lectionary Weeks: Second Sunday of Easter (Year C)

This is a poetic retelling of the reinstatement of Peter. It relates Jesus' forgiveness to us today.


Extract from the poem:

When Jesus met Peter on that beach,
after Peter had denied knowing him three times,
Jesus didn’t:
    confront him and make him feel small;
    hold a grudge for years;
    ask him to grovel and plead in the sand;
    order him to work hard for his forgiveness.

When Peter met Jesus on that beach,
after he had denied knowing him three times,
Jesus asked him three times:
    ‘Do you love me?’
And then he gave him a new start, a fresh beginning.
‘Come, be my disciple,’ he said, ‘follow me.’

When we meet Jesus each morning,
after another day of ups and downs,
Jesus doesn’t:
    confront us and make us feel small;
    hold a grudge for years;
    ask us to grovel and plead in the sand;
    order us to work hard for our forgiveness...


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Dave is an author and speaker who loves communicating the Bible using contemporary media, humour, illustrations and stories. He is author of several books retelling the Bible including The Groovy Gospel, The Bloke’s Bible, and Film & Faith. He goes out speaking by invitation and regularly publishes ideas and material via his website: www.davehopwood.com

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