Of all Simon Peter’s well documented public failures, especially painful was his denial of Jesus. Each gospel writer recorded it in exacting detail, to be read over and again throughout the ages as a cautionary tale: don’t be like Peter. But thankfully, the story doesn’t end with his fireside failure. After the resurrection, we get a beautiful presentation of how Jesus restores this fumbling disciple to full fellowship and full partnership. Peter’s failure, and restoration, was recorded to remind us that our own failures never make sense looking through the lens of the present. Only by looking back at the past from the perspective of the future do we see that our faithful God has redeemed even our worst mistakes.

Portland Christian Center
Mark 14