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Failure That Leads to Victory
Smack dab in the middle of Jesus' crucifixion story, Peter appears again and shares the stage. He makes some more poor choices. He argues with the Lord about whether he will deny Him. He doesn't stay awake and pray. Then, instead of leaving the scene, Peter sticks around, with the intent of seeing what happens to the Lord. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time will cause multiple problems for Peter.
We are all too familiar with this. We're curious. We want to be where the crowd is. We want to know what's going on. It's easy to applaud Peter for wanting to be near Jesus, but in order to do that, he had to compromise his beliefs. He had to deny His Lord in order to fit in. Jesus wasn't enough for him because he needed security and popularity.
There are some temptations in which He promises to give a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13). But there are some trials that we must walk through. We all have a cross that we are asked to carry. We can trust that the "cup" that Jesus gives us is a cup mixed by the Father, and therefore, we can trust that He has nothing but good in store for us. This life isn't without pain and suffering. If Jesus felt it, we will surely have to endure it. But we can drink the cup knowing that His plan for us is best.
Jesus was obedient to the Father. He begged for the cup to be taken from him, but He submitted to the Father's will. The difference is that God had to turn His back on Jesus. He could not look on that sin in His Son. But now, because of Jesus, God will never turn His back on us. Jesus' sacrifice gained us access into God's family. When we believe that He is enough for us, there is nothing that we can't face.
Warren Weirsbe says that
"Eden was the garden of disobedience and sin: Gethsemane was the garden of obedience and submission; and heaven shall be the eternal garden of delight and satisfaction, to the glory of God."
Just as one man's sin brought death to us all, one Man's obedience was imputed to all of us. Let's submit to this grace that gives us what we don't deserve. Let's embrace this mercy that doesn't give us what we do deserve. Let's grab hold of this Jesus who loved us to death. Jesus is more than enough for us.
I can so identify with Peter! I make poor choices. Sometimes, I even argue with the Lord. Certainly, I don't pray as I should. Often, I find myself in the wrong place at the wrong time. How about you, can you identify?
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