Peter was recorded to have denied Christ 3 times.
But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.”Luke 22:57
And my mind is reminded of the statement in Matthew by Jesus himself.
but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.Matthew 10:33
How do I reconcile this fact that Peter denies Christ but yet was made the chief of the Apostles?
I realized that the answer must lie in verse 62.
And he went out and wept bitterly.Luke 22:62
As Pastor John MacArthur puts it, “The true Peter is seen not in his denial but in his repentance. This account reminds us of not only our own weakness, but also the richness of divine grace.”
God, in his divine grace, can cover all sins. But we ought not to take it for granted and make sins permissible.
How does this apply to me? The first question I need to answer is, do I, like Peter, deny Christ? The answer has to be a resounding yes! If I am to reflect on my day, I have denied Christ in my actions and words. For example, when issues of significance such as abortion are being spoken at the table, how many times have I not spoken out the words of Christ to defend the defenseless?Have I been complicit in my silence? When I use words like “lucky,” in that moment, I am denying God’s sovereignty in ordaining all that has happened in my life, either good or bad. As such, I realize I am no different from Peter.
Each time I catch myself doing so, I feel a sense of weakness, not to the extent of being disabled to go about my tasks, but it is a reminder of my massive inability. It drives me to the cross, the gratitude to the savior who continues to sustain me.
Father, I thank you for your grace and mercy. While I continue to struggle to give you credit in all that I do, you continue to sustain me.