He Is Risen!
“But he denied it. ‘Woman, I don’t know him,’ he said.
A little later someone else saw him and said, ‘You also are one of them.’
‘Man, I am not!’ Peter replied.
About an hour later another asserted, ‘Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is Galilean.’
Peter replied, ‘Man I don’t know what you are talking about.’” (Luke 22:57-66)
Peter vehemently denied Jesus. His words around the fire said anything but “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God. (Matthew 16:16) Around the “fires” in our lives too often we do the same - at times denying Jesus with our words; other times denying him with our actions.
“Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ He said, ‘Lord you know all things; you know that I love you.’” (John 21:17)
Peter “hurt” because he was repentant. There is finality about worship on Good Friday – the Book is slammed. The lights extinguished. Silence. On Good Friday we hurt.
“After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them: . . .We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, “ (Acts 15:7,11)
Good Friday is not final. There is Easter! There is Grace! All the denials and all the hurts – Peter’s, ours and all the faithful –covered by grace upon grace paid for by Jesus. Grace to share around life’s fires. Grace that wins us for eternity.
He Is Risen, Indeed!
Written by Dr. John Brandt