What Jesus Did! 'The Brokenness of Sin and Shame' — Luke 22:54-62

Sunday, December 13, 2015

They arrested Jesus and took him away. They brought Jesus into the house of the high priest. Peter followed them, but he did not come near Jesus. The soldiers started a fire in the middle of the yard and sat together. Peter sat with them. A servant girl saw Peter sitting there. She could see because of the light from the fire. The girl looked closely at Peter's face. Then she said, "This man was also with him (Jesus)!" But Peter said this was not true. He said, "Lady, I don't know him." A short time later, another person saw Peter and said, "You are also one of those people that follow him (Jesus)." But Peter said, "Man, I am not one of his followers!" About an hour later, another man said, "It is true! This man was with him (Jesus). He is from Galilee!" The man said he was sure about this. But Peter said, "Man, I don't know what you are talking about!" Immediately, while Peter was still speaking, a rooster crowed. Then the Lord (Jesus) turned and looked into Peter's eyes. And Peter remembered what the Lord had said: "Before the rooster crows in the morning, you will say three times that you don't know me." Then Peter went outside and cried bitterly.
— Luke 22:54-62
Illustration of Luke 22:54-62 — "Before the rooster crows in the morning, you will say three times that you don't know me."

Key Thought

Peter suffered the brokenness of sin and shame. The Lord had warned him, yet he failed anyway. Despite his rash promises, Peter denied the Lord ... three times. The crowing of the rooster roused Peter from his confused stupor and ushered him into the bitter and undeniable reality of his sinful desertion of his friend and Lord. I have had a moment or two like that. Maybe you have, too. It's that moment when you realize that you've dishonored the Lord and let him down, even though you promised yourself, and the Savior, that you wouldn't let him down ... again. Peter is our great reminder that our failures don't determine our future with the Lord. God can take those failures and make something good of them. While our messy failures are not his plan for us, he can take our messes and restore us back into his plan. So please, don't give up when you think you have failed the Lord. Instead, let your sin break you and then come back and openly confess that sin to the Lord and be restored. He will bless you and use you to bless others if you will come back to him.

Today's Prayer

Precious and holy God, my Abba Father, forgive me for my weakness and sin. Forgive me for the arrogance of trying to battle my weakness and Satan's power on my own strength. I trust in your powerful and transforming forgiveness. Help me believe that you can take my failures and my past and use them to encourage and bless others. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

They arrested Jesus and took him away. They brought Jesus into the house of the high priest. Peter followed them, but he did not come near Jesus. The soldiers started a fire in the middle of the yard and sat together. Peter sat with them. A servant girl saw Peter sitting there. She could see because of the light from the fire. The girl looked closely at Peter's face. Then she said, "This man was also with him (Jesus)!" But Peter said this was not true. He said, "Lady, I don't know him." A short time later, another person saw Peter and said, "You are also one of those people that follow him (Jesus)." But Peter said, "Man, I am not one of his followers!" About an hour later, another man said, "It is true! This man was with him (Jesus). He is from Galilee!" The man said he was sure about this. But Peter said, "Man, I don't know what you are talking about!" Immediately, while Peter was still speaking, a rooster crowed. Then the Lord (Jesus) turned and looked into Peter's eyes. And Peter remembered what the Lord had said: "Before the rooster crows in the morning, you will say three times that you don't know me." Then Peter went outside and cried bitterly. Some men were holding (guarding) Jesus. They made fun of Jesus and beat him. They covered his eyes so that he could not see them. Then they hit him and said, "Be a prophet and tell us who hit you!" And they said many very bad things to Jesus. The next morning, the older leaders of the people, the leading priests, and the teachers of the law came together. They led Jesus away to their highest court. They said, "If you are the Christ, then tell us that you are!" Jesus said to them, "If I tell you I am the Christ, you will not believe me. And if I ask you, you will not answer. But beginning now, the Son of Man will sit at the right side of God's throne." They all said, "Then are you the Son of God?" Jesus said to them, "Yes, you are right when you say that I am." They said, "Why do we need witnesses now? We ourselves heardhim say this!"

Luke 22:54-71

Related Scripture Readings

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is the Father who is full of mercy. He is the God of all comfort. He comforts us every time we have trouble, so that we can comfort other people any time they have trouble. We can comfort them with the same comfort that God gives us.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

If we say that we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess (admit) our sins, then God will forgive our sins. We can trust God to do this. God does what is right. God will make us clean from all the wrong things we have done. If we say that we have not sinned, then we are saying that God is a liar—we don't accept God's true teaching. My dear children, I write this letter to you so that you will not sin. But if any person sins, we have Jesus Christ to help us. He is the righteous (good) One. Jesus defends us before God the Father. Jesus is the way our sins are taken away. And Jesus is the way that all people can have their sins taken away, too.

1 John 1:8-2:2

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.

John 21:15-17

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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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