Miserable Failure

(Today's post by Chris Queen)

Matthew 26:57-75

Of all the people in the New Testament, I’m drawn to Peter. I think it’s because he was the most interesting of all the disciples. Peter always spoke out of turn, or talked to fill space, or said things just because he could. With Peter, you know there was never a dull moment.

That’s why, in Matthew 26, Peter just breaks my heart. The bold disciple who claimed he would never turn his back on his Messiah does just that. In verses 57-68, we see Peter standing on the periphery, watching the Sanhedrin question Jesus, witnessing God’s plan for redeeming humanity unfold before his very eyes.

58 But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome.

I like to imagine that Peter sat there trying to will Jesus to break free. I think he hoped against all hope that Jesus would defeat His accusers and make a bold stand.

But Peter himself would not make a bold stand of his own. As he watched Jesus’ trial, the people in the crowd around him began to recognize him, and next came one of the most heartrending sub-stories within the narrative of the crucifixion and resurrection.

69 Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said. 70 But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. 71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.”72 He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!” 73 After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.” 74 Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.

Peter failed miserably. But you know what? Jesus restored him (see John 21:15-19), and Peter went on to do some pretty incredible things to further His kingdom. Know what else? He can use you too, despite your failures.

Only God can turn a miserable failure into a miracle. This season of resurrection and new life, repent of your failures and sins, and allow Him to reign in your life. See how He uses you to accomplish His amazing purposes.

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