We Are Not Condemned To Live A Defeated Life
“Then he began to curse and swear, ‘I do not know the man!’ And immediately a rooster crowed. And Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said, ‘Before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.’ And he went out and wept bitterly.” Matthew 26:74-75 (NASB)
“But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen wrappings only; and he went away to his home, marveling at what had happened.” Luke 24:12 (NASB)
Jesus’ love does not fail no matter how much we fail Him. Interestingly though, we often fail Him though we genuinely love Him. Still, what we learn from it all is what Peter discovered: our relationship with Him does not depend on our ability but on His faithfulness.
Peter was not the only one to ever fail the Jesus. James and John had declared their ability to earn the places of leadership in the kingdom of God that they so ambitiously sought (Mark 10:38). Time after time, they had all failed.
Still , they were the first ones Jesus wanted to see after His resurrection. Scattered, fearful, and despondent though they were, He wanted them to gather together. Failures, weakness, and all — they were the ones He would use to take on the world in the power of the resurrection.
It could be the best day of your life when you learn to accept certain limitations and inabilities. Indeed, there is so much about yourself and your circumstances that you are powerless to change. And that is the reason for the cross and the promise of the resurrection. What you are not able to do, He always can.