grace (and Peter)

Most people have heard of Judas, the betrayer.  And to be called “Judas” today is definitely an insult.  As distasteful as it was, Judas’ role was instrumental in paving Jesus’ path to the cross.  But what about Peter, the denier?  Peter followed Jesus for three years and witnessed supernatural provision, healings and miraculous restorations. Yet he succumbed to a self-preserving fear and denied his association with Jesus.

The warning:

And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:

 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren__ Luke 22:31-32

and

And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me. v.34

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The denials:

And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were set down together, Peter sat down among them.

But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him. And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not. And after a little while another saw him, and said, Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not. And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilaean.  And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew. And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.

And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.__ Luke 22:55-62

The amazing grace:

But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.__Mark 16:17

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With all of our good intentions accounted for Jesus, the human likeness of God the Father knows the end from the beginning  and STILL LOVES US.  Peter fell down but he did not stay down. I can only imagine what a personal invitation from the risen Christ did to restore Peter’s courage to go forth and preach the Gospel.   . . and Peter did just that.

Grace and Peace,

030208_0025_0246.wbcCheryl

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