He Will Finish What He Started

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The purpose of finding an empty tomb was for Jesus to get everyone started. He wanted them to make the transition from being defeated to
victorious, and we learned there are three things the Lord will do for us.
First, we learned the Lord will not leave us broken, because in this state we
are unable to function. Second, we learn the Lord will give us peace
because this allows us to focus on what we are called to do. Third, The
Lord will remove our doubts because they are obstacles that will impede
us from moving forward. Once these things have been done for us, we are
in a position to make an impact wherever we go.

However, there is still something lingering that has to be dealt with before we can truly move forward. We have all been guilty of doing this and that is disappointing the Lord. These disappointments may have occurred prior to being saved or after you were saved. However, now you are ready to get started, these mistakes find their way back to your thoughts. If they are not dealt with, our effectiveness for the Lord will be compromised. In John 21:15-19, Peter is still thinking about how he disappointed the Lord. However, Jesus was not going to allow him to move forward until this issue was resolved. After they had finished eating, Jesus poses this question to Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” Peter was not expecting Jesus to raise this question, but it was absolutely necessary. I can see Peter was taken back by this question, and it made him recall how he denied knowing Jesus. Peter was willing to keep his disappointment of Jesus quiet, but this is not how the Lord works. When Jesus shared with the disciples the events that were about to take place, Peter’s emotions got the best of him, and he said, “he would lay down his life for Jesus”. Not realizing these events had to happen, and Peter was not able to defend Jesus. This is when Jesus said to him, “before the cock crows, you will deny me three times”. Peter did not agree with what Jesus said, but that night he denied Him three times. After denying Jesus, Peter realized he did just as Jesus said, and he was devastated. After hearing Jesus’s question, he responded, “yes Lord, you know that I love You.” This question is repeated two more times by Jesus. When asked the third time, Peter changed his response by saying, “Lord, You know everything; You know that I love you.” Peter makes this last statement to let the Lord know, You know everything. Therefore, I will live my life, putting my complete trust in you, because I believe You will finish what You started. Jesus Christ came to make us whole, and will not allow anything to linger in our lives that will stop us from moving forward. The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. We need more laborers working the harvest, and they will only be effective if they are whole. So, whatever the obstacles, give it to Jesus because He will finish, what He started!