Grace Beyond Comprehension

Grace Beyond Comprehension

In John 18, Peter denied Jesus three times while He was being brought to Pilate. I believe Peter, at the bottom of his heart, did not mean to deny Jesus. It was fear which had overwhelmed him. He probably was tormented by raging thoughts of possible persecution and consequences of admitting he was with Jesus. Thus as any reasonable person would, he gave in to the fear. And he realized he had failed Jesus.

Raise The Barrrrrr

Peter must have remembered what Jesus prophesied earlier where Peter will deny Him three times before the rooster crow. We can only wonder how much shame he was enduring because bear in mind, Peter was pretty confident, he will never leave Jesus.

Do You Love Me?

Peter was already back at his old routine, back to fishing, throwing away the adventure he once had with Jesus, probably plagued with guilt and things he could have done better. We can safely assume that Peter probably wished he never denied Jesus. He must have thought all is at lost. Until Jesus resurrected, did the unexpected

#SignOfTheTimes

1 John 21:15-17

15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?

“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.

16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

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.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”

My heart will go on...
Who in the right mind would go back to a person that betrayed them? Jesus did. Not only Jesus forgives Peter for his failure, but He also commissioned him once more and used him ever so mightily.

Three times Peter denied Jesus, three times Peter was given chance to rededicate his love for Jesus. Such grace compels Peter to love Jesus so much so, in his remaining years, he did not waver in his ministry despite persecution, to the day he was martyred.

Martyr

This is the grace of Jesus, He took all forms of burdens to the cross to set us free from our own failures and shortcoming.

Transformation by Grace

Romans 7:18 – 20.

I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong, it is sin living in me that does it.

Paul said this and I believe this relates to Peter and us as well. Many times we did not do what we meant to and do what we know wasn’t right. What then is the remedy?

Cracks in the Wall

Thankfully, Romans 8 began with “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus”. So then we don’t need to condemn ourselves but to rely on Jesus’ grace when we turn around as Peter did. His grace transformed a wavering, cowardly Peter to a courageous solid rock. Truly His grace and mercy transcended all of our human understanding.

Craquelure

Let Jesus’ grace transform us into who we are meant to be. Not in our own understanding, but through what He says we are. Child of God that holds the power and authority to make a change in this world, through Jesus Christ.

Devotion by:
ShawnSiaw

Shawn Siaw serves as a drummer in KAOG. Besides hitting the drums for the Lord, he enjoys his full time job in the banking industry. He is passionate for the Lord to use him in the marketplace, bringing people to Christ. 

 

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