John 21 v7-9
Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.
The first thing Peter sees as he races from the water is a fire of burning coals with fish on it and bread by the side.
Where did Peter deny Jesus?
“Around a fire” (18:18)
Here on the lakeshore Peter is facing a fire with Jesus behind it, it’s a gentle reminder of his failure.
No one says anything, it’s silent.
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. (Galatians 6:1)
Jesus never says anything to Peter about the failure. “I told you so. I said you would deny me. But oh no you insisted you wouldn’t. You are so full of words and your own importance. When it came to it you were no better than the rest of them. How do you feel now?” That could have been the response. But there is no investigation or inquiry so that lessons could be learnt.
There’s just Jesus, Peter and a fire.
May the gentleness of Christ lead us to our ‘fires’ that the process of healing and restoration may begin.