READ: Luke 22:31 - 34 "Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers."
Peter said, "Lord, I am ready to go to prison with you, and even to die with you."
But Jesus said, "Peter, let me tell you something. Before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me."
Simon Peter did not believe that he would ever desert Jesus. He thought he was willing to lay his life down for him. But when push came to shove - he denied him three times before the rooster crowed, just as Jesus predicted.
Matthew 26:75 Suddenly, Jesus' words flashed through Peter's mind: "Before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me." And he went away, weeping bitterly.
Jesus always knows what is going to take place. He knows so far ahead that he told Peter, "when you have repented and turned to me AGAIN, strengthen your brothers."
I love Peter! His story gives me great comfort. We can see that Peter was so full of faith (enough to walk on water) and yet so full of failures (denying Christ three times), and yet by the power of Christ when he came to repentance he was used greatly to further the kingdom of God.
Before this could happen - we are told that Peter wept bitterly. This was Peter being humbled and therefore he could then be all that God intended him to be.
After the resurrection of Jesus - we get to see Jesus and Peter talking again. Jesus confronts Peter asking if he loves him. Peter says, "Lord you know everything; you know that I love you." After the humbling remorse of denial three times - three times Peter gets to pledge his love and choice to follow Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.
The Lord God called Peter to a total life of commitment to him and Peter was faithful to the end. Church history tells us that Peter was crucified upside down because he felt unworthy to die the same way his Savior did.
How about you - we all fail and mess up, but like Peter, if you are still alive, you are given a second chance to repent and live the rest of your life in total commitment - sold out to the Lord. Will you be faithful to Christ?