• Arie Hill

The Use of Pain

"He said to him the third time, 'Simon, son of John, do you love Me?' Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, 'Do you love Me?' And he said to Him, 'Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.' Jesus said to him, 'Tend My sheep.'" ~John 21:17

Peter denied the Lord the night He was betrayed to the Sanhedrin, the night before He was crucified. It shouldn't have come as a surprise, Jesus told him he would do it.


"But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” Immediately, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. The Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had told him, “Before a rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times.” ~Luke 22:60-61


Jesus promised Peter, "I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it." (Matt 16:18) Why? How could that be? To use the man who denied Jesus vehemently right before he would go to the cross? How is that possible? Shouldn't he be disqualified?

Jesus could have done that, not used Peter because he'd failed. Instead, Jesus personally gave Peter a deeper understanding of what He came to do, to save the world with grace and to forgive us our sins through His sacrifice.

And it shows in Peter's letters.


"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." ~1 Peter 1:3-5


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