Learning From What Peter Did Wrong:
- He overestimated his strength. “31 Then Jesus said to them, “Tonight all of you will run away because of Me, for it is written: I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered. 32 But after I have been resurrected, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.” 33 Peter told Him, “Even if everyone runs away because of You, I will never run away!” 34 “I assure you,” Jesus said to him, “tonight, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times!” 35 “Even if I have to die with You,” Peter told Him, “I will never deny You!” And all the disciples said the same thing.” (Matthew 26:31-35)
- He feared the disapproval of others. “Meanwhile, Peter was following Him at a distance right to the high priest’s courtyard. He went in and was sitting with the temple police to see the outcome …” (Matthew 26:58 & 69-70)
- He spoke without thinking. “71 When he had gone out to the gateway, another woman saw him and told those who were there, “This man was with Jesus the Nazarene!”72 And again he denied it with an oath, “I don’t know the man!” 73 After a little while those standing there approached and said to Peter, “You certainly are one of them, since even your accent gives you away.” 74 Then he started to curse and to swear with an oath, “I do not know the man!” Immediately a rooster crowed, 75 and Peter remembered the words Jesus had spoken, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.” (Matthew 26:71-75)
Learning From What Peter Did Right:
1. He grieved. “… and Peter remembered the words Jesus had spoken, ‘Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.’ And he went outside and wept bitterly.” (Matthew 26:75)
2. He let his small group support him. “She went and reported to those who had been with Him, as they were mourning and weeping.” (Mark 16:10)
3. He cast himself on God’s mercy. “Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3)
What Does Jesus Do When You Fail?
“31 Simon, Simon, look out! Satan has asked to sift you like wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And you, when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31-32)
- He isn’t shocked by it.
“Simon, Simon, look out! Satan has asked to sift you like wheat.” (v. 31a)
- He prays for you.
“But I have prayed for you …” (v. 32a)
- He believes in you.
“… that your faith may not fail.” (v. 32b)
- He shows you mercy when you’re down.
“And you, when you have turned back …” (v. 32c)
- He uses your failures to build His church!
“… strengthen your brothers.” (v. 32d)