Forever Faithful In Our Weakness

Jesus is Faithful.  He is Faithful to all, no matter what.

Faithful:  – true to one’s word, promises, vows, etc.
               – steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant: faithful friends.
               – reliable, trusted, or believed.

Jesus is the most Faithful Man to ever walk the earth.  He is Fiercely committed to those who have chosen to follow Him!  Take Judas for example!  Jesus knew Judas Iscariot had an issue with money, yet He put him in charge of the money…

I believe one of the greatest examples of Jesus Fierce Committal and Faithfulness shines in the story of Peter.

21 While they were eating, he said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.” …

33 Peter declared, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I will never desert you.”

34 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter–this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.

35 “No!” Peter insisted. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the other disciples vowed the same. – Mat 26:21, 33-35 NLT

Peter was committed to Jesus, and Jesus was deeply committed to Peter, we really should appreciate the zeal of Peter and the other disciples…little did they know their world was about to be turned upside down and inside out.

47 And even as Jesus said this, Judas, one of the twelve disciples, arrived with a crowd of men armed with swords and clubs. They had been sent by the leading priests and elders of the people. … 56 But this is all happening to fulfill the words of the prophets as recorded in the Scriptures.” At that point, all the disciples deserted him and fled. … 58 Meanwhile, Peter followed him at a distance and came to the high priest’s courtyard. He went in and sat with the guards and waited to see how it would all end. …

69 Meanwhile, Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant girl came over and said to him, “You were one of those with Jesus the Galilean.” 70 But Peter denied it in front of everyone. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said.

71 Later, out by the gate, another servant girl noticed him and said to those standing around, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” 72 Again Peter denied it, this time with an oath. “I don’t even know the man,” he said.

73 A little later some of the other bystanders came over to Peter and said, “You must be one of them; we can tell by your Galilean accent.” 74 Peter swore, “A curse on me if I’m lying–I don’t know the man!” And immediately the rooster crowed.

75 Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.” And he went away, weeping bitterly. – Mat 26:47, 56, 58, 69-75 NLT

Peter just plunged into one of his darkest moments…He denied his friend, his rabbi, his Messiah…

We all have moments that our weakness overcomes us, we fall short, we mess up.  I am sure there is not a greater mess up than promising to never betray Jesus, and within hours, deny and betray 3 different times…When we trip up and fall, our grief is a projection of our truest inward state.  The fact that Peter started to weep bitterly should tell us that he was deeply grieved by what he just did.

And yet there is hope:

4 At dawn Jesus was standing on the beach, but the disciples couldn’t see who he was.

5 He called out, “Fellows, have you caught any fish?” “No,” they replied.

6 Then he said, “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!” So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it.

7 Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his tunic (for he had stripped for work), jumped into the water, and headed to shore. …

10 “Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught,” Jesus said. …

12 “Now come and have some breakfast!” Jesus said. None of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.

13 Then Jesus served them the bread and the fish. …

15 After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.

16 Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.” “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said.

17 A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.

18 “I tell you the truth, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go.”

19 Jesus said this to let him know by what kind of death he would glorify God. Then Jesus told him, “Follow me.” – Jhn 21:4-7, 10, 12-13, 15-19 NLT

I am overwhelmed by Jesus’ faithfulness in this passage!  Starting off Jesus is just having fun with is guys…He knows they had been out all night fishing and caught nothing…yet He performs another miracle!  But the greatest miracle happens in Peter’s heart when Jesus redeems all three times Peter denied Him.  It says that Peter was hurt that Jesus would ask him a third time, I believe he was hurt because in the moment he could not see that Jesus was redeeming and building him back up.  Jesus knew that Peter loved him!  And so He ends with a great encouragement in vs 18.  Jesus essentially declares that Peter will never deny or betray Jesus again!

I tell you, Jesus is Fiercely Committed and Deeply Faithful!  He redeems all things! He brings Hope to all situations!  No matter what it is, caused by you or not…He will Shine the light of redemption into the darkness of our weakness!  There is HOPE and His name is JESUS!


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