BREAKFAST WITH A BROKEN FRIEND # 1-6

BREAKFAST WITH A “BROKEN” FRIEND # 1

Most people would not think that Peter was qualified to “feed the lambs” because he had so recently and deliberately “failed the Lamb.” But Peter’s horrible denial…would be used to help others in their hour of trial. Peter moved from one who had “resigned”…to one who was “reassigned.” It is those who “fail” who know best how to “feed.” And Jesus is always ready to have “breakfast” with the “broken.”

And PETER remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and WEPT BITTERLY. (Matthew 26:75).

So when they had eaten BREAKFAST, Jesus said to Simon PETER, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “FEED MY LAMBS.” (John 21:15).

Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).

A blog article: A Savior, a Sinner, and a Soul-Winner
https://waynesblogsite.wordpress.com/2015/03/07/a-savior-a-sinner-a-soul-winner/

BREAKFAST WITH A “BROKEN” FRIEND # 2

Peter was one of the most favored men in the Bible and in the history of the world. He was one of twelve chosen to be apostles (Lk. 6:13-14). He was one of the three most favored among the apostles. (He was present, along with James and John, when Jesus raised Jarius’ daughter (Lk. 8:51). He was present, along with James and John, when Jesus was transfigured on the mountain (Mt. 17:1ff). It was Peter, James, and John that Jesus took further into the Garden for support and strength (Mt. 27:37). He walked on water, saw the miracles, and was blessed in so many, many ways. It was Simon whom Jesus named Peter or “rock” (Jn. 1:42).

Peter was also one of the biggest failures in the Bible. He not only failed on numerous occasions, but he was called “Satan” by the Lord Himself (Matt. 16:23). He lied about being with Jesus and also denied knowing the Lord three times on the night He was betrayed when Jesus needed him most. The friend failed. The “rock” was “crushed.” His heart was broken. But Jesus invited him to “Come and have breakfast” (Jn. 21:12). After breakfast Jesus gave Peter the opportunity to confess his love for the Lord three times. Why three times? It was not for His information (Jesus already knew). It was for Peter’s edification. Three times he chose to deny the Lord. Three times he had the opportunity to declare his love for the Lord. No rebuke. No chastisement. No probation. Peter’s weakness did not render him worthless. His lapse of faith was not a collapse of faith. His failure was not fatal or final. He faced his failure with faith. Jesus is not only in the regeneration business, He is also in the restoration business.
He invites us all to “breakfast.” He wants us all to have the opportunity to be saved as well as to serve.

Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).

A blog article: There’s Just Something about That Name
https://waynesblogsite.wordpress.com/2016/07/22/theres-just-something-about-that-name/

BREAKFAST WITH A BROKEN FRIEND  # 3

A few days after Peter denied the Lord three times Jesus invited him to “Come and eat breakfast” (Jn. 21:12). After breakfast Jesus gave him the opportunity to declare his love three times (Jn. 21:15ff). It is interesting that the first words Jesus spoke to Peter were “follow me” (Mt. 4:18-19). The last words of Jesus recorded in John’s gospel are three simple words to Peter: “You follow Me” (Jn. 21:22). This is discipleship. When Peter asked about John, Jesus basically told him to mind his own business and focus on following Him. These three words sum up what being a disciple of Jesus is all about: “You follow Me.” Jesus wants to have “breakfast” with all of the “broken” so He can lead them out of their “brokenness.”

Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?” Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? YOU FOLLOW ME.” (John 21:20-22).

Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).

A blog article: Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled https://waynesblogsite.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/let-not-your-heart-be-troubled/

BREAKFAST WITH A BROKEN FRIEND # 4

When Peter realized what he had done in failing the Lord in the Garden (Mt. 36:40) and then lying repeatedly in denying the Lord, he was “broken.” I’m sure he felt wretched, wicked, and worthless. He “wept bitterly” (Lk. 22:61-62). But a few days later Jesus invited him to breakfast and everything changed. Jesus reassured him that he could be faithful in the end in spite of his weaknesses and lapse of faith. Peter would give his life for the Lord. Jesus knew when he would die. He knew why he would die. Jesus even told him how he would die. Peter’s denial did not and would not destroy his long term dedication.

All of us have been there and done that at one time or another and in some cases many times. We have all failed to follow the Lord during times of temptation, trials, and testing. But we too have been invited to breakfast. We too can feast with Jesus. He can change everything. Breakfast with Christ is the “breakfast of champions.” Hunger and thirst for His righteousness and you will be forgiven, filled, and fit again for faithfulness and service. Why not “Come and eat breakfast.” When we come to Jesus He changes everything and fits us for faithfulness.

The truth is, when you were young, you tied your own belt and went where you wanted. But when you are old, you will put out your hands, and someone else will tie your belt. They will lead you where you don’t want to go.” 19 (Jesus said this to SHOW HOW PETER WOULD DIE to GIVE GLORY TO GOD.) Then he said to Peter, “Follow me!” (John 21:18-19; ERV).
Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).

A blog article: Rose Colored Glasses
https://waynesblogsite.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/rose-colored-glasses/

BREAKFAST WITH A “BROKEN” FRIEND # 5

One thing we learn when Jesus had breakfast with Peter after he denied Him three times is that Jesus is in the people business. He came to “seek and save the lost” (Lk. 19:10). He not only invited Peter to come over for breakfast, He also helped him overcome his brokenness. He wanted him to “feed my sheep” and “tend my lambs” (Jn. 21:15-17). He did not want Peter to focus on his denial because he was not on trial. He did not want Peter to focus on his past condition, but on His present mission. He did not want him losing sleep, but feeding sheep. Peter was surely undeserving but Jesus knew that he was not done serving. He wants this “broken” friend to be outspoken again. Peter is proof that any life broken by sin can be restored again.

We all need to learn that the best way to get over a sinful past/mistake is to get on with serving His people. Peter had obviously learned a lot and he needed to use the negative experience in his own life to make a positive difference in others. Instead of letting Peter wallow in guilt…Jesus knew that there are lives that need to be rebuilt. When we come and have “breakfast” Jesus can help us on a “fast break” to freedom.

And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, STRENGTHEN YOUR BRETHREN.” (Luke 22:31-32).

So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “FEED MY LAMBS.” (John 21:15).
Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).

A blog article: There’s Just Something about That Name
https://waynesblogsite.wordpress.com/2016/07/22/theres-just-something-about-that-name/

BREAKFAST WITH A “BROKEN” FRIEND # 6

The best and only thing we can do to heal spiritual brokenness is to come to Jesus. He is always willing and wanting to have “breakfast” with the “broken” as He did with Peter (Jn. 21:12ff). And the best way to get passed the brokenness and “move on” is to get involved in helping others who need Jesus. This is one of the lessons Jesus taught Peter after breakfast. After each declaration of love and commitment from Peter, Jesus told Peter to “feed my lambs” and “tend my sheep” (Jn. 21:15-17). Why? Not only because Jesus cares for His sheep, but also because of what it would do for Peter. Jesus blesses us to bless others. Jesus comforts us, not just to make us comfortable, but to make us comforters (2 Cor. 1:3-4). Jesus saves us to save others. If God has allowed us to be broken He does not want the lessons we learned to go unspoken. Struggling people can help struggling people. Folks who have experienced hurt can best relate to those who are experiencing hurt. Some hurt people hurt people, but when following Jesus hurt people help people.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, WHO COMFORTS US in all our tribulation, THAT WE MAY BE ABLE TO COMFORT THOSE who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Cor. 1:3-4).

Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15)

A blog article: A Servant Girl Who Changed His World
https://waynesblogsite.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/a-servant-girl-who-changed-his-world/

Wayne Dunaway
waynedunaway@gmail.com
gandpministries.org

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