“And one of them struck at the high priest’s slave, slashing off his right ear. But Jesus said, ‘No more of this’. And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.”
Luke 22:50-51 NLT
Peter is seriously my favorite disciple.
Okay, so I’ve never gone so far as to slash someone’s ears. Or tires. But I’ve gotten myself in less-than-favorable situations. I’m so thankful for God’s grace. Without His intervention in those situations, my life would be completely different right now. Can you relate? Even in the aftermath of the very destruction we cause, God is present. His love for us doesn’t waver based on our actions.
When the religious leaders came to arrest Jesus, the disciples were ready to fight. Peter cut someone’s ear off, no questions asked. Yet, later that night, Peter denied Jesus three times… just as Jesus predicted he would. After the third time, Peter and Jesus made eye contact, and that’s when he remembered Jesus’ words (Luke 22:61).
“And Peter left the courtyard, weeping bitterly.”
Luke 22:62 NLT
I can only imagine how painful that must’ve been… for both Peter and Jesus. Peter denied the one he was so eager to protect. And Jesus was rejected by someone He was about to suffer and die for. Someone He loved. It reminds me of the times Jesus has had to watch me make poor decisions after He has already warned me. This passage really made me think about the consequences of my actions.
How do your words and your choices affect Jesus? Would they break His heart?
I had to ask myself these questions. I wrote them on index cards to serve as a daily reminder that although Jesus already paid for our sin, our choices still matter. Our words, our thoughts, and how we treat others still matter. Willingness to obey God and listen to Him still matters.
And even though Peter denied Jesus, Jesus still forgave Peter and trusted him to carry out the mission of “taking care of His sheep” (John21:15-19). God is so faithful to forgive. Even when we waver, His love for us does not. However, Peter didn’t continue to deny Jesus. He learned from his mistake and dedicated his life to God’s purpose. I encourage you to pursue God with your whole heart. Even if you’ve given a few slashes, turn towards the One who loves you and has chosen you as His own. There is nothing you have to do to earn His forgiveness or His grace, you simply have to receive it.
“Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; For I am God, and there is no other.”
Isaiah 45:22 NASB
I hope this post encourages you. If you ever have any questions or prayer requests, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂