Resurrecting Relationships: God and Man John 21:1-19


Resurrecting Relationships: God and Man John 21:1-19

INTRO> Today we begin a new series looking at how the resurrection of Jesus Christ affects our every day lives. Here is a quick overview of where we are going (Pic) We are working with the tag line being “There is no relationship so dead that it can not be resurrected.”

TRANS> Why the resurrection you ask? Christianity is in its very essence a resurrection religion. The concept of resurrection lies at its heart. If you remove it, Christianity is destroyed.” – John Stott We said last week on Easter that if this is true, then this changes the way that we look at everything.

TRANS> Today we start with the relationship between God and man. Which is by far the most important relationship of them all. We don’t jump to marriage or to work or to anything else until we first understand this relationship. And we best understand this first by looking back at God’s perfect creation in Genesis

      • So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:17 This is what’s know to theologians as the “Imago Deo” Everything that God created was good.
      • “And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hide themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.” Genesis 3:8 Something has fractured, the relationship between God and man, sin now separates us.

*ILL> There was an article that went viral over the interest this past Easter weekend (Pic) It is a picture of the bomb ruins of the Sinjar Church is in the small providence in Iraq. The caption reads, “what does resurrection look like? It looks like this.” This, this is my hope for this series, that amidst the rubble of brokenness and sin, there is hope and there is hope in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Big Idea> The resurrection of Jesus Christ restores the relationship between God and man.

CONTEXT> Today we find that scene no more appropriate than with Peter and Jesus. Review Peter and his denial. APP> How does God restore the relationship?

1) God pursues us in our rebellion.

      • “I am going fishing” that’s not just every guys statement. Remember who Peter was? Peter is going back to what he knows, he is giving up on being a disciple.
      • “Jesus stood on the shore v4” “Jesus said to Simon Peter v15” How amazing is this? How awkward is this breakfast?

APP> Do you see the picture here. Jesus is resurrected and comes to Peter, who denied him and left him. “From a human point of view Jesus’ behavior toward Peter is utterly mind-blowing. If we had been Jesus, we would have wanted to have nothing more to do with Peter after those denials in the court yard of the high priest. The friendship would have been well and truly over. If we had been Jesus, the last thing we would have done would have been to have invited Peter to come and have breakfast with us, let alone entrust I’m with a fresh responsibility. But then this just illustrates the massive gulf between us and Jesus. For Jesus never gives up on anybody, not even close friends who have let him down. In spite of our failure, Jesus never turns his back on us. We may give up on Jesus, but he never gives up on us.” Derek Tidball, pg 117 APP> There is more grace in Jesus Christ than there is sin in you. “Adam where are you?” Genesis

2) God confronts us in love.

      • “ they saw a charcoal fire..” the last time John record this is in 18:18, when Peter denied Jesus. Did you know that smell is one of the greatest triggers for memory.
      • “Simon, son of John” notice that Jesus doesn’t call him Peter, the name that he gave him. *ILL> Hearing JJ the other day eating with Tyler. Represent the old man. Peter has been living a wrong identity.
      • “ Do you love me…” How many times does Jesus ask him? 3. To reverse the denials.

APP> In order for there to be change there has to be confrontation. *ILL> You would hate a doctor that said, “yea… it’s a tumor but i don’t want to cause you any pain or anything

  • “do you love me” Notice that Jesus doesn’t bring up the denials? The issue is love… APP> God wants to deal with the root of sin not just the fruit of sin. Jesus is telling Peter, the reason you lied? is because you didn’t truly love me. This hurts… “Peter was grieved” that word means pain.

3) God forgives us by his grace.

      • “Do you love me” There is a play on words here in the text, Jesus is using a different word for love than Peter is.. Jesus is using it in the “divine” live sense. Peter is using it in the “brotherly love sense”
      • “Lord, you know everything..” That is the key.. Peter uses a different word here. Its the intimacy the way a man knows his wife. γινώσκω ginōskō
      • “ follow me…” how much grace!

APP> That’s the key… that transparency that opens to recognize that God has ever aspect of your life, that he “knows” APP> Jesus has paid for Peters sin, and his resurrection proves it. There is nothing to hide. APP> The gospel tells us that we are fully known and fully loved at the same time.

4) God commissions us for his service.

      • “feed my lambs… tend my sheep.. feed my sheep..” Do you see what Jesus is doing there? He is giving Peter a new purpose! APP> God saved you so he could send you.

APP> In Jesus failure doesn’t define you failure refines you.

      • “Truly, truly I say to you when you where young” This is Jesus prophesying that Peter’s life will be marked by the cross. It’s no longer marked by our failures anymore.

*ILL> In the Netflix TV show “The Crown” (Pic)  about Queen Elizabeth, there is a scene when her father King George has passed away. And she gets word that she is now the queen of England and that her life is forever changed. She gets a letter from her grandmother, Queen Marry, she writes this: “I have seen three great monarchies brought down from their failure to separate their personal indulgences from duty… While you mourn your father, you must also mourn someone else: Elizabeth Mountbatten, for she has now been replaced by another person, Elizabeth Regina. The two Elizabeths will frequently be in conflict with one another. The fact is, the crown must win — must always win,” writes Queen Mary to her granddaughter.

Big Idea> The resurrection of Jesus Christ restores the relationship between God and man.

Close> Do you see now? Do you see how through the life and death and resurrection of Jesus Christ God restores his relationship with humanity.


  • How is your relationship with Jesus Christ?
  • What areas are you not letting him in?
  • Do you know the sweetness of his grace and the power of his resurrection?