18 Oct

Seeking Peter

The day the Lord was crucified goes down is history as one of the most barbaric acts.  An innocent man publicly humiliated and murdered as a criminal. What an offense to Humanity. But what His death did is the hinge of our faith. Jesus’s hallmark is tenderness. Always was and always will be.
 Peter knew the Lord, when asked by Jesus “who am I” Peter said, “You are the Messiah, the Son of God”. So when the Lord foreknew Peter would deny Him, it was Peter who was full of disbelief. Waking on water, Peter fell in when he doubted. I confess we have things in common.
The Lord prayed for Peter,  But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”
Jesus saw through people, through the skin to the soul and it’s weak places.
Jesus knew Peter far better than Peter knew Peter. He knows us all that way. Nothing is news to Him. Your deepest darkest secret is known. He is unfazed, knows the heart of man is wicked beyond cure. He is the only cure for carnality. Human nature to “run the show” has been around since the Genesis of man. Taking it upon self to do rather than acknowledging we make foolish mistakes that simply asking God could have prevented.
He has to let us learn, hence consequence.
Peter’s consequence was his very best friend, who he betrayed, knew he betrayed him, they exchanged a look over it. It was known.
Do you know how Jesus felt? It is not a nice feeling. He and I have discussed it many times.
Peter thought Jesus was dead, He believed in his broken heart ,it was over.
By the time the third day came, the women went to the tomb. The angels sat in the empty tomb,  and they specifically asked for Peter. When I read that I wondered why.
Then we move to my favorite piece of scripture in John. I read it over and over and over. When Jesus is walking with Peter grilling him about lamb care it dawned on me.
He was reinstating him, restoring his faith and coming alongside to get Peter to take accountability for his own life and conduct.
The rules of the Kingdom mirror nothing of this world.
In a generation of what the world calls toxicity, the people we run out of our lives. Pastors say “let them walk”.
I say what does snatching from fire look like?
Toxic people are normally angry. society can be cold, much anger is unresolved. When are we as people going to be brave enough to do the right things. Only you can stop offenses. Obey Jesus please. Stop giving up on people. What about love?
Love can build a bridge. It is time indeed. Prayer is our power.

Jesus prayed this the night before He was crucified, it stands as a spoken prayer, still pending. ..He waits

““My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,  that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one-  I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
By Marla Kay

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