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Summary: A look at different people in the Bible got a second chance because of Jesus’ resurrection, and also how Jesus’ resurrection gives us a second chance.

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Introduction

1. (object lesson: Play a carnival type game where you get 2-3 chances to throw balls through a hula hoop.)

2. It’s nice to get more than one chance at things...

Some things, you don’t get another chance...

I love the NCAA Basketball Tournament...

This year was especially gratifying because the Gators won!!

But in the tournament...once you lose...you are out...

there is no second chance...

3. But, for most things, perhaps you can get another chance...

In the movie “City Slickers”...

Billy’s Crystal’s character says that “life is a do over”...

when kids are playing... they will say something like...

“Hey, you messed me up...do over...”

Interestingly, we find “do over’s” in the Bible...

We find second chances in the Bible...

and today, this first Sunday after Easter...

I would like for us to look at several...

Read Text: John 21:15-17

1. Peter got a second chance....

A. When Jesus died, the disciples lost all hope...

they had heard all Jesus’ teachings...

but when Jesus died...

His teachings seemed to die with Him...

they were lost...

like sheep without a shepherd...

B. I wonder how Peter felt...

You remember what happened...

Jesus had predicted that Peter would deny Him...

and Peter absolutely denied that he would ever deny Christ...

And then Peter did...

things had gotten crazy...

Jesus was about to be crucified...

the whole city was in an uproar...

and several people came to Peter and claimed that he was with Jesus...

Peter could see what was happening to Jesus...

and he didn’t want any of that...

so he denied it...

The rooster crowed...

and then, in Matthew 26:75, Scripture tells us that Peter went out and wept bitterly...

he was beside himself with misery...

he had blown it...

and then Jesus died.

C. I imagine that in the midst of Peter’s tears...

if he cried out to God in his pain...

“if only I could have another chance...

If only I could see Jesus again...

if only I could tell Him how sorry I am...

if only life was a do over...

But now, Jesus is dead...

and there is no second chance”...

D. But then on Easter morning,...Mary told him the tomb was empty...

he, Mary, and John ran to the tomb...

perhaps Peter dared to hope...

“if only I had it to do over again...

but there’s no second chances...are there?”

And he ran with all his heart to see what was going on at the tomb...

But he still isn’t sure...

But then, later, he sees Jesus face to face...

and Jesus gives Peter a 3-fold opportunity to express his love to Him...

to take away the pain of his 3-fold denial of Jesus...

To Peter...the resurrection of Jesus means that he got a do over...

He got a second chance...

2. Judas

A. Even Judas Iscariot got another chance...

he had sold his Savior for 30 pieces of silver...

later on...he felt so bad about it...

he tried to give it back...1

he tried to take a do over...

he tried to make it right...

But, the Chief Priests wouldn’t take his money...

and Judas snapped...

perhaps he couldn’t bear the thought of knowing what he had done...

and he went out and committed suicide...

B. No more chances for Judas...

if only he had repented to Jesus...


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