We have been looking at Surrender and how it relates to our Walk With Jesus for the last couple months and I want to continue in that vein, just with a little different focus. This week and for the next four weeks we are going to be looking at the life of Peter and how his repentance relates to Surrender and specifically to our walk with Jesus.
Let's start with a Bible passage from Luke 22:61, 62
"And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So Peter went out and wept bitterly." This is where everything changed in the life of Peter. Peter was not in any condition to follow Jesus at this time, because he had not come to the end of his rope; he did not know who he really was and could not follow Jesus. It was only when his heart was broken and he wept bitterly that the change came. Jesus had told Peter: "When you are converted, strengthen your brethren." This is that crucial moment when he is converted from self to Jesus.
I praise God for the story of Peter. His story gives me more comfort than any other story in the Bible. When I consider his character with all of his
failures, and what Jesus did for Peter through the power of the Holy Spirit, it thrills my heart, because there's hope for me, and there's hope for you.
But we must remember, before Jesus could fill Peter with the Holy Spirit and make him that "new creation" that we find in 2 Corinthians 5:17, he had to go out and weep bitterly; he had to be humbled and so do we.
If we are going to understand this clearly I believe there are four points that we need to look at. Over the next four weeks we are going to look at Peter the Devoted Disciple of Jesus; next, Peter Living the Life of Self; then, Peter's Repentance; and last, Peter Transformed.
This will be an exciting study so I hope you are willing to take the time to read each part of Peter's life!