Summary: Jesus makes successes out of failures.
HOW MANY CHANCES DO YOU NEED?
S: Resurrection Sunday
Pr: JESUS MAKES SUCCESSES OUT OF FAILURES.
TS: We will find in our study of Peter three stages that we go through for Jesus to make us a success.
The _____ stage we go through for Jesus to make us a success is the…stage.
RMBC 4/23/00 AM
1. Have you ever needed a second chance?
ILL Notebook: Second Chance (coach)
A college football coach was faced with the possibility that his star player might be declared ineligible for academic reasons. So he pleaded with the chemistry professor not to flunk the athlete. “Tell you what, coach,” said the professor. “I’ll ask him a question in your presence. If he gets it right, I’ll pass him.” The athlete was called in and the professor queried, “What’s H2O?” “Water,” replied the player. Frantically the coach cried out: “Give him another chance! Please give him another chance!”
Well, I think we can all think of times when we needed a second chance.
And we were so grateful to receive it.
I am sure if you are like me, you hate to fail.
You hate not getting it right.
2. Sometimes, it is hard to know what to do with failure.
ILL Failure, Spiritual 7/97.23
When a vice-president of IBM came up with an idea to set up a separate division, he was given permission by the CEO, Thomas Watson. When he put the plan in motion, he promptly lost ten million dollars. He came in and told Mr. Watson that he was resigning, and when Watson asked why, the vice-president said, “Because this thing was such a miserable failure.” Watson responded, “You’re not resigning after I just spent ten million dollars on your education.”
Well, that is an attitude that we all appreciate.
And it is the reaction that we often long for.
We are glad for a new opportunity to get it right.
1. Today, we celebrate the cornerstone belief of Christian-ity—the Resurrection.
There is nothing more essential to our belief structure than the resurrection.
And while our time together is not centering on this belief, we need to recognize that we just had several people testify to it.
They have been buried with Christ and raised up to new life, just as He was.
2. Our study centers on a conversation Jesus has with Peter after He has risen from the dead.
You know, Jesus’ death looked like a failure.
Peter, and the rest of the disciples, were expecting something different.
They were expecting an overthrow of Rome and a new kind of kingdom.
They were going to be with Jesus all the way, and be His mighty men.
But…the movement failed.
He did not conquer Rome.
For Jesus was executed.
And when Jesus needed them the most, the disciples scattered.
They failed miserably.
But what we learn out of this is that…
3. JESUS MAKES SUCCESSES OUT OF FAILURES.
He can take our most miserable failure and make something great out of it.
4. We will find in our study of Peter three stages that we go through for Jesus to make us a success.
I. The first stage we go through for Jesus to make us a success is the FUTILITY stage (John 13:36-38; 18:17, 25-27).