Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
This weekend we continued our “Luke: The End” series with a passage about Simon Peter. If you have been with us for some time during our study through Luke, you may remember Peter as a impulsive but well meaning guy. One might even say he was a man’s man; not afraid of anything. In this passage we’ll see the Peter we are familiar with, but also a side of Peter that isn’t quite typical.
Starting in Luke 22:31-34, Peter heroically claimed that he would stand by Jesus no matter what; “To prison and to death,” he stated. But after Jesus was arrested and Peter trailed behind in vv.54-62, Peter was too afraid to admit to a little girl that he knew Jesus. In fact, he denied knowing Jesus three times in the matter of a few hours. After realizing what he had done, Peter “wept bitterly.”
The beauty of this passage isn’t how Peter failed, but how his life wasn’t defined by that failure. Peter persevered through his failure long enough for Jesus to restore him. Eventually, Peter became a major part in the growth of the early church. You see, faith is what happens in the disappointment of failure.
The point is, don’t let yourself get stuck in a disappointment, either with God, or yourself! Jesus is in the business of restoring lives, and nothing is too far gone for Him to handle. Just like Peter, we need to persevere and have faith that God will come through.
Verses and quotes used in the message:
Luke 22:31-34; Luke 22:54-62; Matthew 26:58; Luke 24:33-34; 1 Corinthians 15:3-5;
And I remember every word you said
Come back in time, come back
I’ll remember every word you said
This time I won’t look away – “Pitiful” by Blindside
“The only thing worse than disappointment with God is disappointment without God.” Philip Yancey, Disappointment With God
“Don’t stumble over something behind you.” Mike Foster
This is Amazing Grace – Phil Wickham
Blessed be Your Name – Matt Redman
Great I Am – Jared Anderson
Pitiful – Blindside
10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) – Matt Redman