The action of returning something to a former owner, place, or condition. That is the definition of restoration. The thing about a restoration project, is it takes time. It takes patience. It requires the right tools, the right knowledge, and the right materials.
I once found a neglected chair. The varnish was long past its prime. The back of the chair was damaged beyond repair, and it just looked like trash. But I saw what it could become. I just needed a few things. An orbital sander, cherry stain, time, artistic skill, and the vision of the end result. (Pictured)
There is another restoration project found in scripture. The one I want to touch on refers the Apostle Peter.
John 18: 15 – 6,
“And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. Now that disciple was known to the high priest and went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest. But Peter stood at the door outside. Then the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to her who kept the door, and brought Peter in.”
I took the time to research what the other Gospels say about this event, and I was met with the same answer. No answer. We are left with speculation. Because we are reading out of Luke, it is presumed that this is the story as seen through his eyes.
Having arrested Him, they led Him and brought Him into the high priest’s house. But Peter followed at a distance. Now when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. And a certain servant girl, seeing him as he sat by the fire, looked intently at him and said, ‘This man was also with Him.’ But he denied Him, saying, ‘Woman, I do not know Him.’ And after a little while another saw him and said, ‘You also are of them.’ But Peter said, ‘Man, I am not!’ Then after about an hour had passed, another confidently affirmed, saying, ‘Surely this fellow also was with Him, for he is a Galilean.’ But Peter said, ‘Man, I do not know what you are saying!’ Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed.
And it is verse 61 also I want to touch on.
“And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, ‘Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.’ So Peter went out and wept bitterly.”
Verse 61 is something special. As Luke is the only one to record it.
That verse we read in John, how there was another disciple, it is presumed to be John, but let’s think about this for a moment. Only Luke records this instance. Not even Peter writes about it. How would Luke alone know of that specific instance?
I think Luke knew about it, because he was there. I think the other disciple mentioned in John was Luke. But if that was Luke, in his Gospel mind you, why would he omit himself? I think it is because Luke recognized the gravity of the situation and did not want to take away from the spotlight.
Peter was humiliated, disgraced, shamed, and destroyed. But here is where things get interesting. Scripture dose not record any instance about a rebuke from Jesus to Peter. In fact, it is not mentioned again in scripture.
Fifty days later, on the day of Pentecost, Peter gets filled with the Spirit, delivers a stirring spontaneous sermon, and wins 3,000 souls for Christ.
The New Testament reports that Peter was unlearned in the sense that he was untrained in the Mosaic Law (Act 4:13), and it’s doubtful that he knew Greek. He apparently learned slowly and erred time and time again, but later, when entrusted with responsibility, he demonstrated that he was and capable.
And it doesn’t stop there; Peter would later become the first pope.
Peter was restored.
Matt 16:18 states “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”
The name Peter means “rock”, verse 18 states, “and on this rock I will build my church. After Peter died, a cathedral was built on top of his grave, Saint Peter’s Cathedral, also known as the Vatican.”
How’s that for a restoration project?