What Jesus Did! 'Overstating Our Courage' — Luke 22:33-34

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

But Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, I am ready to go to jail with you. I will even die with you!" But Jesus said, "Peter, before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will say you don't know me. You will say this three times!"
— Luke 22:33-34
Illustration of Luke 22:33-34 — "Lord, I am ready to go to jail with you. I will even die with you!"   ——   "Peter, before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will say you don't know me. You will say this three times!"

Key Thought

One of our weaknesses as mere mortals is to overstate our courage. So often, we fail to realize the power of fear—why else would the Bible contain so many commands not to be afraid? Peter's intentions are genuine, but the power of discouragement, despair, disillusionment, and fear is greater. What commitments have you made to the Lord that you did not keep? Even though Peter would deny his Lord three times, the Lord worked in Peter's life so that he would not be destroyed. He can do the same for you in your times of failure and loss. However, we should take Peter's warning as our own. When we feel strong, we are often most vulnerable. Our strength must come from the Lord and not our feelings of invincible faith.

Today's Prayer

O LORD God, thank you for loving Peter even though you knew he would let you down. Thank you for restoring and using him after his sinfulness and failure. My desire, O God, is to never trust in my own strength, but in your power at work in me. When I begin to get too full of myself and too confident in my own power, please humble me gently so that in crucial moments I will not fail you! In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

"Satan (the devil) has asked to test you men like a farmer tests his wheat. O Simon, Simon (Peter), I have prayed that you will not lose your faith! Help your brothers be stronger when you come back to me." But Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, I am ready to go to jail with you. I will even die with you!" But Jesus said, "Peter, before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will say you don't know me. You will say this three times!" Then Jesus said to the apostles, "I sent you {to tell people about God}. I sent you without money, a bag, or shoes. But did you need anything?" The apostles said, "No." Jesus said to them, "But now if you have money or a bag, carry that with you. If you don't have a sword, sell your coat and buy one. The Scripture says: 'People said he was a criminal.' This Scripture must happen. It was written about me, and it is happening now." The followers said, "Look, Lord, here are two swords!" Jesus said to them, "That's enough!"

Luke 22:31-38

Related Scripture Readings

When they finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these {other men love me}?" Peter answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Then Jesus said to Peter, "Take care of my lambs. " Again Jesus said to Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Then Jesus said to Peter, "Take care of my sheep. " A third time Jesus said, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was sad because Jesus asked him three times, "Do you love me?" Peter said, "Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you!" Jesus said to Peter, "Take care of my sheep. I tell you the truth. When you were young, you tied your own belt and went where you wanted. But when you are old, you will put out your hands and another person will tie you. That person will lead you where you don't want to go." (Jesus said this to show how Peter would die to give glory to God.) Then Jesus said to Peter, "Follow me!"

John 21:15-19

I begged the Lord three times to take this problem away from me. But the Lord said to me, "My grace (kindness) is enough for you. When you are weak, then my power is made perfect in you." So I am very happy to boast about my weaknesses. Then Christ's power can live in me.

2 Corinthians 12:8-9

If a person is proud, then he is in danger of destruction. If a person thinks he is better than other people, then he is in danger of defeat.

Proverbs 16:18

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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