Have you ever been rejected by someone?
Maybe by a close friend, work colleague or family member? I have…
Rejection is that one thing that has affected just about everyone I know, including Jesus!
He was rejected by one of his closest followers.
Luke 22: 54–62 says…
Arresting Jesus, they marched him off and took him into the house of the Chief Priest. Peter followed, but at a safe distance. In the middle of the courtyard some people had started a fire and were sitting around it, trying to keep warm. One of the serving maids sitting at the fire noticed him, then took a second look and said, “This man was with him!” He denied it, “Woman, I don’t even know him.” A short time later, someone else noticed him and said, “You’re one of them.” But Peter denied it: “Man, I am not.” About an hour later, someone else spoke up, really adamant: “He’s got to have been with him! He’s got ‘Galilean’ written all over him.” Peter said, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about.” At that very moment, the last word hardly off his lips, a rooster crowed. Just then, the Master turned and looked at Peter. Peter remembered what the Master had said to him: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” He went out and cried and cried and cried.
Peter’s story is real. Peter’s story is our story. That’s what makes his story so personal. It is the story of grace, of love, of renewal. Like Peter, many times we turn our back on God through the choices we make or the way we behave, but in spite of our failures and shortcomings, He still calls us to repent and come back to Him.
In fact, how Jesus treated Peter after being denied by him, paints the perfect picture of just how gracious and merciful God is.
John 21: 15–19
After breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Master, you know I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” He then asked a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Master, you know I love you.” Jesus said, “Shepherd my sheep.” Then he said it a third time: “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was upset that he asked for the third time, “Do you love me?” so he answered, “Master, you know everything there is to know. You’ve got to know that I love you.”Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.
Thankfully, the story of Peter doesn’t stop with his denial of Jesus. Here we find that Jesus restored Peter three times for the three times that Peter denied Him. In fact, Jesus’ restoration of Peter extended to God’s call upon his life as a disciple. This we later see in the book Acts where Peter preached and 3000 people came to know Jesus.
Likewise, Jesus is waiting to extend that same hand of Amazing Grace to you and me!
Consider these questions…
- Think back on your past. How often have you turned your back on God in trying times?
- How many times has God demonstrated Amazing Grace, Love and Restoration in spite of the wrong choices that you may have made?
When last have you taken time and given thanks for all that He has done for you?
Written by Ed Ellish