Today’s text reveal’s the Apostle Peter’s embarrassing mistakes even in the face of the critical moment of Jesus’ arrest and trial. As you read over a few excerpts of today’s text below realize that Peter is a great picture of us all. Though we might mean well, our attempts to help The Lord often do more harm than good. Oh the grace of God, that our Savior continues to love us and cover our mistakes by His grace.
“Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus. So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?” John 18:10-11
“One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of him whose ear Peter cut off, said, “Did I not see you in the garden with Him?” Peter then denied again; and immediately a rooster crowed.” John 18:26-27
Not until the Day of Pentecost was Peter’s personality changed forever as he was filled and empowered with the Holy Spirit. Peter went from doing damage to doing great good for God’s Kingdom because of the Spirit’s work in him.
Oh how we all need to be emptied of self and filled with Him!