"For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God." — 2 Cor. 4:15

May 19, 2019

“I will lay down my life for you!”

In that moment, I think Peter sincerely meant every word, but it had been easier said than done. When the moment actually came, fear gripped him and he denied and abandoned his Lord. Can you imagine how it must have felt to look the risen Jesus in the eyes after that?

I think we can. We’ve all made sincere promises to Jesus. We’ve all sung songs of consecration with genuine devotion, “I surrender all! I surrender all! All to Thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all!” only to fail Him again. How does Jesus feel about disciples who fail?

We don’t have to guess. In John 21, we can see it in the way Jesus graciously and tenderly restores Peter and reaffirms his calling upon his life. This is great news for failures!

Arise, my soul, arise, shake off your guilty fears
The bleeding sacrifice on my behalf appears
Before the throne my surety stands
Before the throne my surety stands
My name is written on His hands
(Charles Wesley)

Erik Thoennes will be preaching this Sunday and Jeffrey Hubbard will be leading our sung worship. Would you read the passage ahead of time and pray for each as they prepare? And pray for all who will be at Grace for each of these services.

See you Sunday. Come hungry!


Song Link of the Week

O My Soul, Arise

Categories: Sermon Prep (LM)