Still cussing

PeterMatthew 26:74-75 Then he began to curse and swear, “I do not know the man!” And immediately a rooster crowed. And Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said, “Before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.

Peter was a man’s man. A rough, rugged take charge type of guy. One who took names and asked questions later. The kind of guy you want in your corner or over for a football game. Yes, that was Peter.

There is so much to say about Peter. The one thing you can say about Peter is there was never a dull moment when Peter was around. Matthew 26:74-75 picks up where Peter is in the court-yard being confronted by people who recognize him as one who was with Jesus.

Peter adamantly denies this in a series of cussing rants as he denies knowing Jesus three times before the rooster crows just has Jesus predicted earlier. Scriptures says Peter went out and wept bitterly.

Perhaps Peter recalled the many wonderful moments he shared with Jesus as he sworn loyalty to Jesus in which he quickly abandoned.

Or perhaps Peter thought about the trust Jesus gave him when He told Peter he would give him the keys to the kingdom (Matthew 16:19). Or the time Peter witnessed the transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-9). Or the time Peter walked on water (Matthew 14:22-33). The list goes on and on.

Peter felt a deep sense of betraying Jesus as he recalled the times he shared with Jesus and how he said he would die for Jesus (Mark 14:31). I would imagine this was a tough pill for Peter to swallow in light of his bold claims.

However, Jesus did not feel or react the way Peter did. John 21:15-19 says, “When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”

19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God.Then he said to him, “Follow me!”

Jesus poured out the full extend of His grace on Peter because he wanted Peter to fully understand the reason He died on the cross.

Jesus needed Peter to see the power of forgiveness in light of his short comings. It was important that Peter see that Jesus is the Lord of second chances. The virtues of forgiveness, love and grace were key components to the Gospel in which Peter would preach boldly on the day of Pentecost.

The love and grace of Jesus truly has no boundaries in which we can scale as Paul so eloquently states in Ephesians 3:18. It was necessary for Peter to get this because the path laid out for him called for love that would sustain him during difficult times.

Like Peter, Jesus is extending grace upon grace to us in spite of our pass or failures. The times we have said we would live our lives for Jesus only to lay it down for sin again and again. Each and every time Jesus was there reinstating us to a higher calling that would turn the world up side down.

Today, answer to the call that Jesus has on your life. Jesus wants your heart, mind, body and soul which is a small exchange for the priceless gift of grace. Trust him today and forever, amen.

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12 thoughts on “Still cussing

  1. I like this! Something I have always found Interesting is that in Matthew 16:17-19 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
    Then the very next vessel Jesus is telling them that he will go away and Peter says Matthew 16:17-19, 22-23 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
    So Jesus said 1st blessed are you Peter and then the very next thing Peter is boldly stating and Jesus says get thee behind me Satan!
    Although Peter was a strong man he also spoke before thinking and truly knowing his own heart! Think how boldy he told Jesus he would never deny him yet he did in both instances Peter did opposite of what he thought he would! Which proves that sometimes we do not know our own hearts! Also can you imagine how he felt when Jesus rose and Peter saw him again!
    I like Peter did not know my own heart, I thought I was faithful and would never deny or walk away from God and I never fully did but when my girl tried to commit suicide yes I back away from God! I had no idea I would do that but it seems to always happen with me I pray and pray and my girl gets sicker and sicker! Like now I’m waiting as she has emergency surgery! 7 years ago I back away from God because by all evidence God didn’t answer prayers! But I have found over this 20 year fight for my daughter’s life is that faith IS a fight! It’s not a walk in the park! When your baby is sick you need a God that answers prayers and is real and I can testify that God is faithful! No we’ve never had a wham bam instant miracle but God has been with us in the valley and used Alex to touch so many doctors and nurse. Her faith is rocky, but mine is rock solid. One thing is Lionel your prayers and those of others help so much when we don’t have the strength to pray! Like now I trust and know as I wait for the outcome! I know this that no matter what God will bring good out of it! Sorry that was so long but waiting makes my mind busy! Thank you so much for your blog!

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  2. Hi Lionel ! Fear was the cause of Peter’s faith failure. Although Peter witnessed the suffering that Jesus had previously spoken about, he had no idea that his faith would be tested in the midst of the situation. Fear caused Peter to deny knowing Jesus; he had a total memory lapse regarding all that Jesus had previously talked about. Jesus talked about how He would suffer at the hands of His own people, and on several occasions He talked about the resurrection with his disciples. As soon when trouble came, all that was taught was forgotten. With that being said, we don’t know how secure our faith is until we’re tested in the trial of fire. Although Peter had a faith failure, God still used him to built His Church.

    Thank you Lionel, your article was a blessing to me! 🙂

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  3. Reblogged this on 66 Assurance Way and commented:
    I’ve always found Peter to be one of Jesus’ most intriguing Disciples. He was one of Christ’s ‘inner circle’ of Disciple, but he surely wasn’t bland! He could be called the Cussin’ and Cutting Disciple. I love this post from Lionel and wanted to share it with you today. Peter and David were fascinating, faithful, but flawed men of God. Grace, mercy, and peace to you. Greg


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