The Lord Jesus had commanded the 12 Apostles to sell everything and forsake everything to follow Him. They obeyed His commandments and promised that they would even die for His name.
Mark 10 “28 Peter began to tell him, “Behold, we have left all, and have followed you.”
Mark 14 ” 27 Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of me tonight, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ 28 However, after I am raised up, I will go before you into Galilee.” 29 But Peter said to him, “Although all will be offended, yet I will not.” 30 Jesus said to him, “Most certainly I tell you, that you today, even this night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” 31 But he spoke all the more, “If I must die with you, I will not deny you.” They all said the same thing. 32 They came to a place which was named Gethsemane. He said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I pray.” 33 He took with him Peter, James, and John, and began to be greatly troubled and distressed. 34 He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here, and watch.” 35 He went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass away from him. 36 He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible to you. Please remove this cup from me. However, not what I desire, but what you desire.” 37 He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “Simon, are you sleeping? Couldn’t you watch one hour? 38 Watch and pray, that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 39 Again he went away, and prayed, saying the same words. 40 Again he returned, and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy, and they didn’t know what to answer him.”
It’s astonishing that Peter who promised to die for Christ, even had a hard time staying awake for an hour waiting for the LORD. This shows how weak is the flesh – we may try to do many things for the Lord but we will fail because the only thing that saves us His death on the cross and not our works!
Jesus made a remarkable prophesy to Peter that he would deny Him exactly three times before the rooster crowed two times – such a detailed prophecy came true! Our Lord proved that He is all-powerful and all-knowing – He knows our entire life from the beginning to the end.
66 As Peter was in the courtyard below, one of the maids of the high priest came, 67 and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him, and said, “You were also with the Nazarene, Jesus!” 68 But he denied it, saying, “I neither know, nor understand what you are saying.” He went out on the porch, and the rooster crowed. 69 The maid saw him, and began again to tell those who stood by, “This is one of them.” 70 But he again denied it. After a little while again those who stood by said to Peter, “You truly are one of them, for you are a Galilean, and your speech shows it.” 71 But he began to curse, and to swear, “I don’t know this man of whom you speak!” 72 The rooster crowed the second time. Peter remembered the word, how that Jesus said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” When he thought about that, he wept.
Why did all the apostles fail so spectacularly? It’s because they trusted in the flesh and not in Christ’s death on the cross!
Jesus had earlier told the disciples that if they denied Christ, then He would deny them. (See Matthew 10:33)
Peter denied the LORD but did Jesus deny him? No.
The Lord died on the cross for our sins and then rose from the dead having forgiven our sins and made us righteous by faith in Him.
Jesus rose from the dead and restored Peter by making him confess His name three times and gave him the ministry where God enabled him to stay faithful till the end.
John 21 ” 5 So when they had eaten their breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I have affection for you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I have affection for you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you have affection for me?” Peter was grieved because he asked him the third time, “Do you have affection for me?” He said to him, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I have affection for you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18 Most certainly I tell you, when you were young, you dressed yourself and walked where you wanted to. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you don’t want to go.” 19 Now he said this, signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. When he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.”
In the end, history shows us that Peter had a successful ministry and was crucified for the name of Jesus – this is because the Lord enabled Peter to keep his earlier vow of dying for the name of Jesus.
This proves that our LORD is all-forgiving and so full of grace and compassion.
If we were judged for all our sins then we have no hope.
But thanks be to God for our LORD JESUS CHRIST.
We are not justified by our works but only by faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
20 Because by the works of the law, no flesh will be justified in his sight; for through the law comes the knowledge of sin. 21 But now apart from the law, a righteousness of God has been revealed, being testified by the law and the prophets; 22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ to all and on all those who believe. For there is no distinction, 23 for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God; 24 being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus;
4 Now to him who works, the reward is not counted as grace, but as something owed. 5 But to him who doesn’t work, but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness. 6 Even as David also pronounces blessing on the man to whom God counts righteousness apart from works, 7 “Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, whose sins are covered. 8 Blessed is the man whom the Lord will by no means charge with sin….. o whom it will be accounted, who believe in him who raised Jesus, our Lord, from the dead, 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses, and was raised for our justification.
“Being therefore justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ;…8 But God commends his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we will be saved from God’s wrath through him.”
When we are saved by grace through faith, the LORD enables us to be faithful to Him by His grace – because HE is FAITHFUL, all-powerful and all-forgiving!
1 Thessalonians 5 ” 23 May the God of peace himself sanctify you completely. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful, who will also do it.