Jesus Prayed for Peter

Notice too that when Jesus prayed for Peter, he did not pray that he wouldn’t sin.  Instead Jesus prayed that after Peter had sinned, his faith would not fail him and that he would strengthen his brothers (Luke 22:32).

Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 135

Peter’s Faith Was Directly Tied to His Failure

It is no coincidence that Peter was both the weakest and the one who recognized who Jesus was.  He could recognize the Savior, because he knew how much he needed one.  His faith was directly tied to his failure.

– Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location 1194

Do You See a Pattern Here?

Do you see the pattern here?  In spite of the fact that Peter has offered a marvelous confession of Jesus as the Christ of  God and his repeated reference to his crucifixion, they are theologians of glory.  They do not expect danger, suffering, and peril ahead, but the inauguration of the King of the Jews, in regal splendor.  In his second coming, Jesus will come in glory and power, judgment and wrath, but now he comes in weakness, suffering, humiliation and a sin-bearing death.

– Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 86

It Was the Very Essence of Paul’s Christian Life

In the same way, believers are united to Christ in such a way that, in the words of the Apostle Peter, we “participate in the divine nature” (II Peter 1:4).  That is, just as the branches share in the live of the vine, so we share in the very life of Christ Himself.  That is why being “in Christ” is so important to Paul.  It was not just a theological concept to him.  It was the very essence of his Christian Life.

– Bridges, Jerry; The Disciplined of Grace:God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness; NavPress; Colorado Springs; copyright 1994; p. 72

Like Peter, Our Life Looks Like a Roller Coaster

Like Peter, our Christian life is a roller coaster of faithfulness and unfaithfulness.  Since we always drift back to self-confident triumphalsim (remember Peter’s protest, “I will never deny you!” just before he did), we need to hear God’s verdict on our righteousness through the law and his assurance of pardon in the gospel.  Jesus’ example is not good news but a terrifying burden unless he is first of all the one who saves me from my inability to follow up.

– Horton, Michael; Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; copyright 2008; p. 135

Who Would Ever Write This?

Now think about this: If you were a New Testament writer, would you include the embarrassing details if you were making up a story?  Would you write that one of your primary leaders was called “Satan” by Jesus, denied the Lord three times, hid during the crucifixion, and was later corrected on a theological issue?  Would you depict yourselves as uncaring, bumbling cowards, and the women- whose testimony was not even admissible in court – as the brave ones who stood by Jesus and later discovered the empty tomb?  Would you admit that some of your (the eleven remaining disciples) doubted the very Son of God after he had proven himself risen to all of you?  Of course not.

– Geisler, Norm and Frank Turek, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, copyright 2004, page 276-277

The Portrait of Peter Speaks to Every Ragamuffin Across the Generations

The portrait of Peter, the rock who proved to be a sand pile, speaks to every ragamuffin across the generations.  Lloyd Olgivie notes: “Peter had built his whole relationship with Jesus Christ on his assumed capacity to be adequate.  That’s why he took his denial of the Lord so hard.  His strength, loyalty and faithfulness were his self-generated assets of discipleship.  The fallacy in Peter’s mind was this: he believed his relationship was dependent on his consistency in producing the qualities he thought had earned him the Lord’s approval.

– Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel, copyright 1990, 2000, page 176