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Nothing Can Separate Us


John 21

Ever have one of those moments when a poor decision results in such extreme embarrassment that you wish you could hide and never show your face in public again? Sin can make us feel the same way about approaching Jesus. Often a bad choice or weak moment causes such shame that we think we can’t talk to Jesus anymore -- as if somehow we could cause Jesus to stop loving us.

In John 21, Peter struggles with these same emotions. Peter disowned Jesus three times the night before He was crucified and the last time was to Jesus’s face. Peter was so heartbroken about what he had done that he withdrew in self disgust and disappointment. Not sure what to do or where to go, Peter and the disciples returned to what they used to do before Jesus -- fishing.

Understanding Peter’s emotions makes Jesus’s appearance that much sweeter. Showing up on the lake was miraculous. It was also a powerful demonstration that nothing the disciples did could separate them from Jesus’s love. 

In Romans 8:38-39, Paul, another early church leader, describes Jesus’s love this way: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present or the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

As Jesus and Peter talked on the beach, Jesus helped cement in Peter’s mind that he was saved and loved, and nothing would ever change that or take it away. In this defining moment, Peter committed his life to following Jesus and Peter’s identity changed once and for all.


  • Are you holding on to shame from past sin? Confess it today, and ask Jesus to empower you as you take steps to change.
  • Peter left his fishing business behind to become the man Jesus called him to be. What does it look like for you to live a life that loves Jesus more than anyone or anything?


The beach where Jesus reinstated Peter

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