March 25, 2018
Luke 22: 54-62
For many the crowing of a rooster in the morning does not mean much. For many on a Sunday morning long ago in Jerusalem it did not mean much either. Not so with Peter, the disciple of Jesus. The rooster’s crowing to Peter was like a drum roll which sounded a message of total failure. How many of you have failed miserably in life? We all have at some time or other. What do we do when we fail?
1 A Christian Can Fail
Simon Peter failed his Master. Even though at times Peter was very strong in the faith as a follower of Jesus, from the same lips that confessed and praised the Lord Jesus would come words of denial and disassociation. The Lord had predicted that Peter would deny Him three times and Peter did exactly that. No Christian is above failing the Lord. We all have weaknesses in our lives. A young husband of only a few months said to his bride. I have noticed some faults that you have that I did not know you had when we married. Would you mind if I pointed them out to you? She smiled and answered not at all so long as you remember that those faults kept me from getting a better husband than I did. Because we fail we should be gracious and merciful to others who we discover have failed in life.
Are you aware of weaknesses you need to deal with in your life?
Have you failed in your relationship with Christ?
2 Why A Christian Fails
First, Peter was over confident in himself. Jesus had predicted that all of His disciples would fall away. Peter responded that, “Even if all fall away, I will not.” (Mark 14:29) The person who is overconfident is in constant danger of failing. Second, Peter was too close to the fire. Because he was cold in the pre-dawn hours he moved in to warm himself by the fire. When Jesus was arrested he had followed at a distance. If he had not been by the fire of those against Jesus he would not have been in the position to deny Jesus. Sometimes it is necessary under the guidance of God to invade the enemy’s territory. But if you go there by your own choice you are not wise. No man can spend time in the devil’s territory for his self-interests and keep in intimate touch with Christ. No Sampson can laugh and carouse with the enemy without losing his power given from God. Third, Peter did not pay attention to the words of Christ. The Lord has given us His Word, the Bible to help and lead us especially in times of temptation. “Thy Word have I hid in my heart so that I might not sin against thee.” (Psalm 119:11)
Are you overconfident at times?
Are you playing with fire?
Are you tuned into God’s Word and directions for your Life?
3 Hope When A Christian Fails
Even though Peter failed the Lord, he was not forsaken by the Lord. Grieved and broken by his failure, Peter wept. But Jesus was not finished with Peter. When Jesus arose from the grave, he singled out Peter for a message of encouragement. (Mark 16:7) Jesus also restored Peter and gave him a special assignment, to feed the children of God. (John 21: 15-17) The Christian’s hope in failure is for the Lord to forgive us, restore us, and continue to bless us and use us for His glory. The consequences of our failures leave scars but God is gracious even through our failures in life. Be encouraged and take heart for in the mercy of God is a future for failures. The crucial question is when you fail what will you do? Allow Christ to bring forth the beginning of a new day for you!
How has God helped you overcome failure in your life?
How can we encourage others?