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5-1-22 “Let’s Dance”

“Let’s Dance” (John 21:1-19)

David Peterson / General

John 21:1–19

Sermon type: Textual-Topical

Proposition: Christ came to bring to fulfillment God’s purpose for his creation. We glorify God when we act in accordance with his purpose.

Introduction

1. The story, the dance goes on …

“‘We played the pipe for you,

and you did not dance;

we sang a dirge,

and you did not mourn.’

18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.” (Matt. 11:17-18)

I. The Beauty of the Dance—Glorifying God (Jn. 21:19)

1. Peter had missed the goal—we all sin and fall short of the glory of God

2. Three things that undermine our reaching the goal—insecurity, purposelessness, guilt/regret

3. Peter would change. He would become more than he was at the present (he would love in a new way)

II. The Basis of the Dance—Grounded in God’s Love (Jn. 21:9)

1. The unconditional embrace of God in Christ

New Interpreter’s Bible, Volumes I–XII Commentary

As in the Cana miracle of 2:1–11 and the meal at 6:1–14, the early church saw eucharistic symbolism in this meal. Since in the Gospel of John the eucharist is understood as Jesus’ gift to the believer and an expression of relationship with Jesus (see Commentary and Reflections on John 6), a eucharistic reading is consonant with the themes of this story.

2. Three ways Jesus defeats the enemies: King, Prophet, Priest

III. The Beloved who leads the Dance—The Beautiful Savior (Jn. 21:19)

1. We live from love

Commentary on the Gospel according to John Chapter 21

Those who are called to govern the Church ought, therefore, to remember that, if they are desirous to discharge their office properly and faithfully, they must begin with the love of Christ. Meanwhile, Christ openly testifies how highly he values our salvation, when he employs such earnest and striking language in recommending it to Pastors, and when he declares that, if the salvation of their flock be the object of their earnest solicitude, he will reckon it a proof of the ardour of their love to himself.

Conclusion

 

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