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March 19, 2017 - Peter – the Promise Maker - Luke 22:31-34, 54-62

posted Mar 31, 2017, 6:09 PM by Grant Garber   [ updated Mar 31, 2017, 6:11 PM ]
  • One of the major things people will most likely remember Peter for is how he broke his bold promise to Jesus and then denied even knowing him.
  • We make promises to one another all the time – in little things like showing up to a get together, to helping someone out, to participating in one of our congregation’s ministries, to taking vows at your wedding.
  • Let’s put ourselves in Peter’s shoes to see if we can gain some perspective of what Jesus was willing to do for him and for us through his story.
  • Peter was overconfident. Satan attacks the point at which a person is too sure of themselves, for there is where they are likeliest to be unprepared.
  • The person of courage always runs more risks than the person who seeks an easygoing life.
  • People are better at making promises than keeping them. Promises don’t mean a thing if people aren’t able or willing to keep them.
  • If we think it might be to our disadvantage to confess Christ, or even dangerous to show our faith, well – then it’s easier to just hide.
  • While Peter was selling out Jesus, He was keeping a most inconvenient promise that He made. It took everything in Jesus to keep this promise because the weight of carrying it had grown heavier with each sinner born – bearing the weight of the sin of the world upon Himself when He could have walked away from the whole thing.
  • The penalty of sin is to face, not the anger of Jesus, but the heartbreak in His eyes.
  • It wasn’t a glance that said “I told you so”. It was a look calling Peter to repentance, to look at Jesus and see what he was doing for Peter’s sin and for every sin we commit breaking our promises to God, or our promises to each other.
  • Jesus has kept all His promises to us. He has kept them all.
  • When someone keeps a promise to us, especially giving His life for ours, that inspires you and me to keep our promises to Him. It inspires loyalty in us.
Pastor Jim Spon | Luke 22:31-34, 54-62