… “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat.
Luke 22:31 (NKJV)
His body numb from the shock of the event that just occurred, Peter dropped his sword to the ground. Keeping their distance, he and another disciple followed the dimly lit torches flickering against the cold night sky. The feeling of helplessness flooded Peters soul, he had always been in control of things. Knowing what to do in hard circumstances came naturally to him. But now fear gripped his heart and confusing thoughts ran through his mind like wildfire in a dry forest. As he approached the gateway leading into the courtyard, a servant girl recognized him as a follower of Jesus.
“ Are you not one of His disciples?”
“I am not,” Peter replied as he kept walking to avoid any other questions the girl might ask.
As the night went on, the cold began to take hold of him. The darkness that closed in around them, was kept at bay by the flickering light of the fire burning in the center of the court. The angry words of the soldiers could be heard through out the courtyard as well as the murmuring of the Jews who had brought Jesus there. Peter looked around as he stretched out his hands toward the fire in front of him, trying to find comfort in its warmth. Across from him, a woman stared intensely at him, through the flickering glow of the fire.
“This man was with Jesus!”
“Woman, I don’t know him!” he exclaimed.
“Certainly you and Jesus are together because you are both Galilean.” A man opposite of him responded.
“I don’t know what you are talking about!” exclaimed Peter.
Instantly the rooster crowed and he remembered what Jesus had told him in the upper room,
“I tell you, Peter, the rooster shall not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me.”
If one listened closely, they could hear the breaking heart of the cold and lonely disciple. The fiery questions ripped away at the man bound in fear.When the soldiers came and took hold of Jesus to bring Him before the priest, he raised his head and looked over at Peter. Unable to stay any longer, he turned and ran into the cold darkness. Guilt and condemnation flooded his heart as the sound of the rooster and the words that Jesus spoke pounded his thoughts.
“No,no,no! What have I done!”Peter cried out as he wept bitterly.
*This story was created from Luke 22:31-34, 54-62
But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”
Luke 22:32 (NKJV)
Have you ever felt like you have failed in your walk with God? Or maybe you felt like “sifted wheat”? Be encouraged! Jesus knows everything about you (Romans 5:8). Your Heavenly Father (God) did not send His Son so you would feel guilty and condemned (John 3:17). He set you free from all that! (Romans 8:1). If you find yourself in a situation like Peter was, ask God to forgive you and He will, (2 Chronicles 7:14,) because He loves you! Later on we read how Peter went on to be one of the leaders of the church. In fact he preached the first message on the day of Pentecost and three thousand people where saved!( Acts 2: 40-41)
- Warned Peter
- Interceded for Peter
- Knew what Peter would do
- Didn’t get angry with Peter when he denied Him
- Gave him something to do while HE was away (“strengthen your brethren”)
- Restored Peter John 21:15-19
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39 (NKJV)