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Saturday, April 15, 2017

And Peter...

Have you ever in your life sworn something to someone and meant it with all your heart, only to break your vow to them almost immediately? So have I. But, Peter… Oh, Peter!

Jesus' time was drawing near. He had gathered the twelve disciples together and was trying to prepare them for things to come. And when these things came to pass, scripture would be fulfilled. One of those things being that, in the very near future, the disciples would flee from him. Peter vowed his unwavering support no matter what was to come. To make matters worse, Jesus predicted that Peter would deny he even knew Him three times that very night before the rooster crowed twice. Peter, again, emphatically, expressed his loyalty, even un
to death .

“Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him
:“Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.
                                                  (Luke 22:60-62)

The days following the crucifixion must have been very dark, and filled with sorrow for all who knew and loved Jesus. But, oh, poor Peter! On top of trying to come to terms with what had happened, he had the personal torture of what he had done. 

But then... Halleulajah! Resurrection Day! And the message from Jesus through the angel to be given to the disciples and Peter! Can you imagine the joy that flooded Peter's soul upon hearing the news? Not only was Jesus alive, but He asked for him by name! Even though Peter had denied knowing Him, Jesus included him still! Now, that’s unconditional love! I am so happy for Peter! 

Unconditional love. God is love. And He poured it out on us the day He allowed His one and only Son to take on the sin of the world while He died on that cross. It was the plan. Jesus came to earth and lived as a man. He experienced every emotion and temptation that we do and still lived a perfect life that was pleasing to God. Jesus willingly laid down His life to reconcile us to God. He wants we, who believe, to make sure everyone knows that. He wants none to suffer eternity separated from God. 

Nothing is so bad that it can't be forgiven. Nothing except not realizing you need Jesus to be your link to God. Jesus is the One who loves you most. He knows where you have been, what you have done and loves you still. Yes! Jesus loves you. He died on the cross to give you an opportunity to be forgiven of your sin. Talk to God! Tell Him that you are sorry for the things you have done that displease Him, that you believe Jesus is His Son and you need Him in your life as Lord & Savior. Then, tell someone that’s what you believe. Do you need to do that today? Please, do it today.

Do you want to know more about Jesus? You can read about His life beginning to end. There are four accounts documented in the Bible's New Testament. They are Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. My Mom would always tell people they should start with the Book of John because it focuses on Jesus' great love for us. Love is good. ☺ Maybe you should start there, too. 

May we pray?

Father, God,

I can't imagine what it was like for You that day Jesus died. Thank you doesn't seem like enough to say, but it's all I have. That and my vow to live my life for You, knowing that when I mess up, You love me still. That and my unfailing hope that You will touch hearts and open minds to receive the message of salvation. 

I pray for those reading this. If they have not yet accepted Jesus as their savior, I hope you will use something in my words as the catalyst to spur the decision to seek You with all their heart. I know you are waiting for that and will make Yourself known. I pray they believe that Jesus died for the sin of the world and they can be reconciled to You through Him. I pray...

For those who read and are believers, I pray you light a fire in their hearts to spread the Good News of the salvation found in Jesus. Time is rushing head long toward it's end. We know not when, but the world is in such a mess, it is surely crying out to you for relief. Rise us up to be a mighty army for truth.

Jesus, oh, Jesus. Thank you for making us your passion. Your love for us so great that you suffered so, shed your blood, died an excruciating death to become our sacrifice. Your perfect life covering our imperfection, if we but believe. I love you. I hope to help others meet you so they will love you, too.

I praise God for Your Resurrection Day! It is in Your name I pray...


Happy Easter! Hallelujah! Christ Arose!

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See you next time! (And I vow that won't be months from now! Sorry about that.)