Well, there he was…failing again. Poor Peter kept letting Jesus down at every turn. All throughout the New Testament we see Peter speaking when he shouldn’t and staying silent when something needs to be said. He’s a failure. You and I are too. If you ever feel like you let Jesus down, you’re not alone. You’re in great company with every believer who has ever walked this earth.
Peter was arguably Jesus’s closest disciple. He spent more time with Him than anyone else and seemed to be near Jesus all the time. Yet, in Mark 14:66-72, Peter disowned Jesus three times while his Savior was headed to the cross for the sins of the world. When Peter had the opportunity to profess Christ publicly before the crowds, he failed. You and I fail too.
Mark 14:72 says in part, “And he broke down and wept”. After Peter denied him three times, he was reminded of Jesus’s prediction that he would do just that. When he realized his failure, it was too late, and he was grieved. We know from the rest of the New Testament that Peter was eventually restored to Jesus and called to serve the Church. He would go on to become one of the greatest apostles in the New Testament.
You and I are much like Peter. We have opportunities to be near him in his word and his church. Yet, we fail him. We stumble and we sin. We reject and deny him by the lives that we live. However, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). If you are broken over your rejection and failure of Jesus, remember this: he went to the cross to redeem you and offer forgiveness for those very failures and sins. All you and I must do today is trust him and be restored. So, you may be three times a failure like Peter, or more, but there’s hope for you and me because of the redeeming work of Jesus. Trust him today!