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Lessons From Peter

May 9, 2017

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Luke 22:60-62

60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are saying!”

Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. 61 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.” 62 So Peter went out and wept bitterly.

“It is dangerous to follow the Lord from a distance”.

That was what Dr. McGee said in his commentary following the above passage.

This comment really spoke to me and it really got me thinking. How true that statement is.

Why did this happen to Peter? What was so important about this denial, and the pain and shame Peter went through following this denial?

For more context you I would encourage you to read Luke 22:31-34, 54-62. In a nutshell Jesus is preparing the disciples for His death. Peter boldly says that he would never deny Jesus, even to death. Did Peter mean this? I believe he did. But I also know that scripture had to be fulfilled. Jesus said in Mark 14:27, reciting Zechariah 13:7;

“You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written: “‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’

What did Peter need to learn? What Peter needed to learn was that the flesh is weak. Peter all through scripture was bold and boisterous. Peter was always the first to speak up, the first to attack, the first to rebuke, the first to the empty tomb. Peter was a mans man. Full of passion and emotion. Full of opinion and was not afraid to speak his mind.

God needed to teach Peter a tremendous lesson. A lesson that brought him to his knees every time he thought about it for the rest of his life. The denial of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let me just give two examples of the personality of Peter.

Matthew 16:22

 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”

Jesus is describing his death and resurrection and Peter has the bold and good intentions of rebuking Jesus. There were other disciples there, but only Peter speaks out.

Matthew 14:28-29

28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”

29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.

Peter wanted to be a part of this action. Everyone else is in the boat terrified. Not Peter. A mans man, confident of his abilities and seeking adventure. Peter’s courage gave him an experience that no man has ever done. This courage was great, however God needed to show Peter that this courage is limited and only by God’s Spirit are we actually strong through Him and in Him.

Men, God wants to use every single one of us for His glory. We are here to be a light in this world, to proclaim and herald the gospel. The greatest news of the history of mankind needs to be shared with every soul by our lives and actions and in some instances our words.

The problem with us men is that we have a certain skill set or traits and we tend to forget who that skill set or traits are actually  from. We desperately need to be humbled by the Lord. A true humility that knows that without God I am nothing. I have no control of my health, my life, my finances or anything else. God sustains me with every breath I take.

Peter had a tremendous calling, so great that even the devil was personally asking for Peter (Luke 22:31). God knew that without a tremendous breakdown of this mans spirit, Peter would some day get so swollen on pride that he would cause tremendous damage for the kingdom and potentially his own soul.

Men are you in a trial? Have you been through one? If you have how have you handled it? Did your own own strength and cleverness get you out of it. If you have beware, just know that when you fall God has a lesson for you. God may not use us like Peter, but we do have a calling to fulfill. We are not ready for it and that is what trials do. They refine us by fire, they strengthen us in Christ. We learn how frail the flesh is. How unreliable the flesh, our gifts, our talents, our minds, our strength really is. If you have not learned this and God has called you, believe me, you will learn this.

Turn to God men. Turn to Him and pursue Him with all that you have. Remove sin, flee from temptations and cry out to God for help. For healing. For forgiveness. We have a heavenly father that longs to care for us.

May the Lord  draw all of you that are reading this into His eternal grace and mercy. May the Lord light a fire in your soul that will never be quenched.


From → Nibble of Bread

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