Today's Chapter: Luke 22
Specific Text: Luke 22:54-62
Peter makes himself an easy target. He constantly speaks before he thinks, saying and doing things that make him look like an impulsive idiot. In verse 33, Peter stated he was ready to face prison or even death for Jesus. In verse 50, he wildly swung his sword and cut off a guy's ear. But by verse 57, he's claims he doesn't even know Jesus. What an idiot, right?
Pointing our finger at Peter is a perfect example of that old saying that goes, 'when you point your finger at someone, there are four fingers pointing back at you.' When you miss opportunities to give God glory, and instead take the glory yourself, you deny Jesus like Peter did. When you don't take the time to read God's Word, and instead rely on your own instinct, you deny Jesus like Peter did. When you silently allow others to talk in such a way that degrades God or uses His name improperly, you deny Jesus like Peter did.
Jesus knew full well what Peter would do that fateful night, yet read the amazing words of grace that Jesus spoke to him before this all began in verse 32:
But I have prayed for you, Simon [Peter], that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
Jesus knew what an idiot Peter was. He knows what an idiot you and I often are. He knew this that night as he went to the cross on your behalf, and just like He prayed for Peter's faith, He also prayed (and continues to pray) for yours.
After Jesus rose on Easter, He transformed Peter from an impulsive idiot to one of the most effective Kingdom representatives who has ever lived. Again, just like Peter, you have been redeemed and are being transformed into the image of Christ.
Don't deny it.
Prayer For The Day: Dear Father, I realize that I so often am an impulsive idiot who denies you just like Peter did. Thank you so much for redeeming me and transforming me into your image. Thank you for praying for me that night, and for praying for me ever since. Help me to be a strong witness for you like Peter would become.
Discussion Starter: Jesus commanded Peter to 'strengthen his brothers.' That command extends to you as well. Strengthen your brothers and sisters by encouraging them to read God's Word, to pray God's Word, and to live out God's Word.