It’s really easy to judge people in the Bible and think, “Well, I would never do that…” or at least, I’m guilty of that way of thinking. Peter is one who often gets picked on in this manner, but one of the reasons why he is a favorite disciple of many people is because he is relatable.
Easter is next month and I’ve been wanting to work on writing some more Resurrection Day posts this year. Last year I was able to cover:
- How To Focus On The True Meaning Of Easter This Season
- Did Christ Bear God’s Wrath On The Cross? (Was He Forsaken?)
- Was Christ Always “Perfect”
A couple months ago, the thought came to me about the difference in how Jesus approached His death and Peter dealing with Christ’s death. Both Jesus and Peter had to deal with God’s will. Jesus chose to follow what God determined to be, however, Peter fought against it.
I think it’s really easy for us in our own lives to have the same struggle.
(NIV) John 18:10-11, “Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”
For us to make that same decision, it’s really hard.
Peter was told he would deny Christ, and he refused to believe it. He and other disciples were told to pray, but they fell asleep. He tried to protect Christ, not by the way of God, but by the way of man, with violence. Peter then denied Christ, just as Jesus said. (Mark 14:37, John 18:25)
Like Peter, we want to fight back. We want to pick up a weapon and hurt the enemy. We struggle to believe what our Savior tells us. Pray that you do not be tempted. Yet, we sleep. When the battle happens, we are not equipped. We cry. We struggle. We rage. And it is Jesus who tells us, “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
Jesus was a servant completely, and we are to be humble like Him. Life may not appear the way we want. Trials will come and our soul will be afflicted. But take heart for Christ has overcome the world. Our eyes are not on this current life but on eternity.
He helps us conquer. He is our Hope and refuge. His death for us atoned for our sins, and true belief in Him allows us to enter salvation, there’s nothing we can do on our own to earn it. When Jesus enters our life we see that we no longer can live the same way, not for those who truly believe. We must repent from sin, and Jesus makes it possible. Fruit begins to emerge within us because of the Holy Spirit. Christ renews our minds. Assurance of our faith shows us that our salvation is in Him. (John 20:31, Acts 3:19 & 17:30, 2 Samuel 22:03, Ephesians 4:23)
- (NIV) John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
- (NIV) Acts 14:22, “strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.”
- (NLT) 2 Corinthians 4:18, “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”
- (NKJ) Romans 8:24, “For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?”
- (NIV) Hebrews 11:01, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
- (NIV) Hebrews 12:02, “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Have you ever tried to take a situation into your own hands like Peter?
Monthly Scripture- (NKJ) Psalm 85:03, “You have taken away all Your wrath; You have turned from the fierceness of Your anger.”
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