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Reflection on John 21: Personal Restoration

posted Feb 2, 2015, 8:37 AM by solomon yang

It’s fitting that John’s gospel ends with a story of restoration. Because essentially, the gospel is a story of restoration. It’s a story about God coming to rescue, redeem, and restore lost people. People living in darkness. People mired in sin. People alienated from God and one another. People destined for death. People like us.

What I love about this story of Jesus restoring Peter is the personal touch. Jesus could have dealt with all the disciples together as a group, including Peter. After all, they had all abandoned Jesus. All of them failed Jesus in His hour of need. But instead of lumping them all together and dealing with them as a group, Jesus engaged Peter personally in order to restore him.

Isn’t that a beautiful picture of the gospel? When God seeks to restore us to Himself, He doesn’t approach it like a mass project where His primary concern is efficiency and utility. God is not trying to save as many as possible, as quickly as possible. Instead, God takes painstaking time and care to reach us personally and individually through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. God doesn’t cattle us together indiscriminately. He comes to us and relates to us personally. He calls us by name and invites us to be with Him, now and forever. Isn’t that glorious?