The Resurrection Through Peter's Eyes

Sermon from CCM Gorton

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 This sermon was preached by Tom O’Toole at the CCM Gorton site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 17th April 2022.

KEY POINTS

Peter’s Denial

  • The night before Jesus died, despite confidently saying that he would not, Peter denied knowing Jesus three times. 
  • After the third time, Jesus looked at Peter. 
  • This led to Peter breaking down in tears. 
  • This was the last moment Peter and Jesus had before Jesus dies. Peter was not present at the crucifixion.

Peter and the Empty Tomb

  • When the women returned from the tomb with a story to tell, most of the disciples did not believe them. 
  • Peter, however, ran to the tomb to see for himself. Despite his brokenness and denial, Peter still has hope. 
  • When Peter saw the empty tomb and the folded grave clothes for himself, he went home marvelling. 

Peter and the Risen Jesus

  • At some point after this, Jesus appeared to Peter on his own. We are not given any details about this meeting – it was for Peter’s benefit not for ours. 
  • After then appearing to other disciples, Jesus restored Peter – recreating a scene by a fire and giving him three opportunities to assert his love for Christ as a do-over for the three denials. 

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