Lessons Peter Forgot That We Must Never Forget
One of the greatest examples of God's grace, loving us even when we sin and fail Him is found in Peter's life.
An amazing aspect of Peter's life is his recovery by God's grace from one of the most public failures, and one of the deepest personal embarrassments of all time. Peter is forever on record for denying that he even knew Jesus not once, not twice—but three times.
Peter's testimony gives us an entire theology of forgiveness and restoration—which is what I call the Gospel of the New Beginning; and the Gospel by Mark is the record of the impact of Christ's Gospel of the New Beginning.
Peter is the premier example in God's Word about hope; hope for a new start, hope for complete forgiveness, hope in the God of the second chance.
Please look with me at Peter's DENIALS OF Jesus in Mark 14:66-72.
Mark 14:66-72 "Now as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came.67 And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, "You also were with Jesus of Nazareth." 68 But he denied it, saying, "I neither know nor understand what you are saying." And he went out on the porch, and a rooster crowed. 69 And the servant girl saw him again, and began to say to those who stood by, "This is one of them." 70 But he denied it again. And a little later those who stood by said to Peter again, "Surely you are one of them; for you are a Galilean, and your speech shows it." 71 Then he began to curse and swear, "I do not know this Man of whom you speak!" 72 A second time the rooster crowed. Then Peter called to mind the word that Jesus had said to him, "Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times." And when he thought about it, he wept."
For most of us a failure that big, an event that public, would be the end. It was a scandal of epic proportions and it must have echoes around Jerusalem. Peter, the lead representative of Christ was a washout and a quitter. He melted in the face of only the threat of servant girls.
LESSONS PETER FORGOT
From Peter's failure we can observe and glean doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness. These are lessons we can learn from Peter about how we all need to heed and apply God's Word today.
Peter first forgot the lesson that…
1. JESUS KNOWS WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN EACH DAY OF MY LIFE.
When we read the Bible we should read it like we believed that Jesus knows what is going to happen in each day of my life. When He says temptations will come, but He will always make a way of escape—we must believe Him and escape.
Peter secondly failed because he forgot that…
2. JESUS WANTS US TO WATCH AND PRAY.
Luke 22:40-46 When He came to the place, He said to them, "Pray that you may not enter into temptation."
Temptations often come when we are not watching, when we are not on guard. So the story continues, Christ is arrested and Peter isn't careful. He forgot that Jesus had warned him clearly about not "entering into temptation". Jesus said don't go towards temptations; don't enter places where you are tempted to do wrong.
Finally Peter disobeyed and didn't remember that…
3. JESUS HAS WARNED US TO FLEE TEMPTATIONS.
God has always told us what to do with temptations—FLEE! There is no person strong enough to trifle and only sample sin by playing with temptation. Beware, heed, and flee!
2 Timothy 2:22 "Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart."
So Jesus knows what will happen each day of our lives, He asks us to watch and pray, and He has warned us to flee temptations and not stay around and try to overcome them on our own.
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