PETER THE DAY AFTER

Peter failed in spectacular fashion.  He bragged he would stand with Jesus even if everyone else fled.  He fell asleep in the Garden.  He assaulted the servant of the High Priest.  Though he was warned about it in advance, he went ahead and denied Christ three times.
Here’s a question to everyone who has ever failed: Why did Jesus put the man’s severed ear back on?  (Luke 22:51). We know Peter had taken a sword and had cut it off.  We know why.  We can also guess that Jesus healed Malchus’ ear out of compassion.  But there is something way deeper going on here. What does that have to do with anyone who ever failed?  Everything.
The day after Jesus died wouldn’t have hurt Peter so much if Peter didn’t love Jesus so much.  That he had abandoned Christ began to torment him.  It could have devastated him for the rest of his life.   But right at this point, he doesn’t believe there is a rest of his life.
The day after Jesus died is Peter’s day to hide like a hunted animal.  A day to let it sink in that there is nothing left to live for.  He was a hair’s breadth away from the fate of Judas Iscariot.  Worst of all, he lost his destiny.
Destiny is a mysterious thing.  The same force that can inspire a man to greatness can—in his failure—torture him.  The pain level depends on the size of the destiny.  In the case of Peter, it was massive.
Peter was minding his own business when Jesus interrupted his whole life.  Fishing all night, Peter had caught nothing.   His hands are red and sore from handling the heavy nets.  Every muscle aches. He has nothing to show for a brutal night at sea.
The strange Teacher says, “Let your nets down again for a catch.”  Peter halfheartedly does as he is asked.  The enormous catch terrifies him.  He begs Jesus to keep his distance, “I am a sinful man.”

That’s when he heard the words about his destiny.  “Follow Me and I will make you a fisher of men.”  Then, once more, the day after Jesus has died, Peter is just a fisherman again.  It sticks in his throat to say it.
They say that regret is the cancer of life—if so, on this terrible day, Peter is terminal.  He could have prayed Psalm 69: 1 “Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck. 2 I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. 3 I am weary with my crying; my throat is dry; my eyes fail while I wait for my God. Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; they are mighty who would destroy me…”
“I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing” simply means that in the quicksand of despair, nothing that used to help you snap out of it works now.  All of your comfort is gone. There is nothing to grab to save you. You will sink until you vanish.
Now it’s dawn on Sunday.  Peter can’t know that at that moment, an angel is talking about him.  Mark 16:  7 “But go, tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.”  The angel added the words “and Peter.”  Why?  Because God knew Peter would have disqualified himself if the invitation was “for disciples only.” Wouldn’t you love to have seen Peter’s face when they told him the angel’s message?
So why did Jesus put the ear back on?  He knew Peter’s destiny, and Peter couldn’t be in prison on the day of Pentecost.  Jesus knew his destiny. He knows yours.

16 thoughts on “PETER THE DAY AFTER

  1. amen so much it seems I lived of the bible in my own life, I was going after Jesus with everything in me, in the 9th grade, I felt him calling me, but didn’t wait for him to say preach, he had moved on me mighty in doing jail mins. so I was going to preach, kids from school came to hear me, I got up and not a word came out of my mouth, I had stage fright bad, went to school next day feeling the Lord failed me, and they called me preacher, not 1 but three people, but I said three times I am not a G.D. preacher 3 times and the third time I looked up to heaven, and I busted out crying and ran for the bathroom, I never used his name in vain again that I know of, even though I went back in the world for a while, I forgot about preaching I said Lord you don’t want me, and didn’t think of preaching again until I was 40 right after my wife died, I had gotten back in church in my early twenties, and was a deacon, aboard member, on finance comt. of a denomination, but never thought of preaching again, I thought I missed it, and I drifted out for few months after my wife died, much like now Christians didn’t want much to do with me, sometimes driving for seven days with out any sleep because of having a hard time with it, after 5 months I wrecked and broke my neck, and they sent me home in just a collar I could not move the next morning big knot on my neck, but the Lord touched me as I started crying out to him, and it healed, didn’t know I broke it until a year later a horse threw me and I landed on my head and that horrible pain was back, and went to the Dr. and he said when did you break your neck, I said I didn’t know I did, but it had to be a year a go when I had a wreck, but I was getting closer to the Lord than ever before and I felt that draw again, and he was giving me parts of messages, and I said why are you giving me parts of messages, and it hit, I said your going to have to say it this time, and a few nights later he said preach, made me sick as a dog, I still remembered that night I got up and nothing came out of my mouth, even though I sang bass in a few groups over the years, getting up there by my self made me a wreck, and I shook so bad that first time, they thought it was the anointing, I don’t know I was scared to pieces, but preached fourty five minutes, one guy said I was expecting 5 minutes, brother you long winded, it wasn’t me it was the Holy Spirit because I am not a gifted speaker and I sure am not polished, polish belongs on my boots, but he said it in 1999 Aug, but my God at the times I have failed him especially from 15 to 35 even in the church trying to do my best, had to get out of the religious bunch when my wife died, left my position to clean the bathrooms just to get where the Holy Spirit, was teaching, but oh how many times I failed in the early years, and had a lot to learn, and a hunger, that could only be filled by him. Praying be Blessed

    1. Evangelist Roger, I know how much time it took for you to write this, and then to share it. Thank you for your Testimony of the Lord’s goodness! It was a blessing for me to read. Sir, may the Lord continue to richly bless you and your Ministry!

      We overcome over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…Rev.12:11

  2. Powerful word for me right now. Home burned in Tubb’s fire, Sonoma County, I am in Santa Rosa, suffered a degree of lung damage from smoke. The Lord said to me during the pain and suffering, “I will show you how to live in my Eternal Presence, in my Eternal Present.” I have not been the same since. Peter as well as all the Disciples learned this truth through the death of their hero. They moved from the temporal into the eternal. John 17:3 “This is eternal life: that they may know, the only true God, and the one you have sent-Jesus Christ. Thank you Mario for your faithfulness in writing.

    1. Sorry to hear of your loss Warren. I hope your house and contents were insured?! You can ask and claim full healing brother for your lungs from Psalm 103 :Bless the Lord who forgives all our iniquities and who heals ALL our diseases.” All. I am so glad that this time is turning into your coming closer to the Lord. Bless you!

  3. At that moment the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered that the Lord had said, “Before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.” (LK. 22:61)

    Wow, our Lord looked into Peter’s eye’s when the rooster crowed the 3rd time! Who could even FATHOM how Peter must have felt “that day” after our Lord’s death! We do KNOW the Lord-“He did know”, exactly how Peter felt, as Peter was the 1st disciple (Lk. 24:34) out of the 11 remaining, that Jesus appeared to after His resurrection! We do know, Peter went on to do great exploits for our Lord, and for our inspiration and Faith! And at the end of his life He was martyred for his Great Faith and stated at his execution these astounding words-(“WORD”S-SO CHALKED FULL OF GOD’S AMAZING GRACE”, “To crucify him upside down” he wasn’t worthy of dying the same way our Lord and Savior died! From the deep excruciating hurt of looking the Savior in His eyes and denying Him; to amazing “God’s Grace” packed words on his dying day!

    Thank you, Bro. Mario for two powerful stories (Peter’s and Mary Magdalene) filled with revelatory insights on the impact that Jesus has individually in each of our lives!

  4. I never thought about that: that Peter would have been in prison on the Day of Pentecost had not Jesus put the ear back on the servants head!

    I have thought much about how bad he must have felt when he had denied Jesus three times, especially when Jesus turned and looked at him: that look on Jesus face must have stayed with him right up till he heard the good news.
    I wonder how many times we have denied the Lord (me specifically) not spoken up about Him when we had the opportunity, or when faced with an unsaved person whom we looked in the face and talked with?! I once said to Jesus (years ago) “I will speak to everyone about you whom you want me to.”
    I know of at least one (others too) whom I deliberately backed off from sharing with, I gave in to the fear I felt. Often I have ignored the fear and done it anyway, but for some reason, in her case I backed down. I saw her in the supermarket, ours eyes met and lingered a little, I wanted so much to share and didn’t. She was killed in a car crash next day, I saw her photo in the paper.
    May God help me not deny (deny means “to withhold”) Him anymore..even as I say this, I am not confident.
    The story of Peters failure, gives us hope. Not hope that if we go on denying Christ before men that we will continually be forgiven (I am not sure we would,) but that we can repent and draw closer to Christ and get filled with the Holy Ghost which is where boldness to witness comes from (Acts 4) and go out and share.
    Two thoughts about Peter: He was the ONLY one of all the disciples that even TRIED to follow Jesus after His arrest: the other is, he preached so boldly on the Day of Pentecost to all the Jews gathered there and did not care if they killed him. As it was a great multitude believed.

  5. Right on and in season, God has a plan for all of us. Everything is falling into place as Holyspirit guides and driectes.
    This move of God that has broke out is powerful and quickly accelling. Jesus has all power over princeapalitys and powers.
    Colossians 2:15
    When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him…
    He allows the dark powers to teach us at times, although He is watching over every situation. The warrior Angels are also fighting making the crooked way stright.
    Colossians 1:16
    For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him.
    As we march forth is when when things happen. Sitting idle from doing Gods will, then everything slows down. The warrior Angels are always ready, the deeper we go the deeper they will go, there actavated by doing the will of God. Now is the time and season that God is exposing corruption at every level, government, church, states, countys and citys. If it is happening one place its happening everywhere. Now is the time to take ground, move forward claiming the good things of God, and fear not God has you all of the way, He know our destiny…

    1. Intercessory prayer with fasting will gain the victory. We need to claim the Blood of Jesus over our towns and cities and bind up or cast out (as led) every one of satans mob ruling over the people. But first we need the victory in our own lives, “he whol rules his own spirit is better than he that takes ten cities,” (forgive me if I misquoted, I think it says “ten,”) We need united prayer, even two or three..persistent, everyday prayer and commands in Jesus Name, allowing Him to lead us in what to say and what to pray. I am an elderly woman (Linda is my name) now, but God has been speaking to me a lot about intercession.
      Even just last night i picked up a book about people who take their cities for God. I am not into angels and I think people focus too much on them, it borders on worship in some cases, but it struck me as true when I read that Bob Jones (a prophet) saw a vision of a very tattered angel who was trying to guard a city against demonic forces, he was “beaten about” by demons, but there was no united or consistent prayer for the city, and that HAD there been, he would have been given more angels in the fight.
      I have been a pastor for evangelism in a church for years and I started and ran an outreach after I left that assembly, but the moment the lady I relied upon to ask her prayer group to cover me in prayer let up and turned to hating me instead (sadly; but I still love this lady) was when the devil hit me hard and the work began to disintegrate slowly (I was on my own in it, being in an isolated location) and it was full of ex-murderers, two witches (the only females there!) alcoholics, addicts, ex-crims – who all flocked to the altar in repentance and got saved then baptized and Spirit filled (most anyhow.)
      But this work fell apart because there was no one to pray fo rme. I was in a strange country, no family, no church, no friends and called by the Lord to start the work. If we do not pray for our evangelists, they can do nothing. Our gifts are activated by prayer. I really believe united prayer and intercession will win the battle. God bless you for your post!

  6. This is so humbling. I thank God for this awesome word. God is faithful to keep His promises concerning us His people. No man can pluck us out of His hand. We will not die before our time, we will live to declare the goodness of the Lord in this time we are living in. If we call He will hear and answer us. Our destiny will not be aborted in JESUS NAME AMEN. Thank you man of GOD for your faithful and love for the body of Christ.

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