Picture the apostle Peter outside of Caiaphas’s house, warming his hands by the fire in the courtyard. They’ve arrested his friend Jesus and placed Him in a dungeon below the residence of the high priest.
Someone notices Peter and suggests he was one of Jesus’s followers. Then another said the same thing, and then another. Three people identify Peter and three times he vehemently denies his association with Jesus. Then the rooster crows and Peter remembers his Friend’s prediction (Luke 22:54-62).
Fast forward to a scene on the beach overlooking the Sea of Galilee. Three times the resurrected Jesus says to Peter, “Do you love me? Then feed my sheep” (John 21). Like Peter, do you need a second chance?