Jesus and Peter

This morning as I drove into the office I started thinking about Peter and how he is such a great reminder for us as to how easily we can take our eyes off of God’s faithfulness and focus too much on our circumstances. As I drove along I thought about the well-known account of how Peter once walked on water with Jesus.

Jesus, I’ve walked on water with You too!

Yet, still, just like Peter, there are times in my life when I easily forget this truth. I take my eyes off the One who calls me out upon the water and look at the impossible circumstances crashing all around me and, just like Peter…I sink. And, just like Peter, I need rescuing…again. Sigh.

***********

Shortly after arriving to work, we came together as a staff for our weekly time of worship and reflection. Can you guess what the topic of the short devotional time was centered around? Peter. It was the other well-known account I love so much. Even after Peter’s multiple denials of knowing Christ on the night Jesus was arrested, the resurrected Jesus still comes to Peter, cooks him breakfast and simply asks him…do you love Me? ¬†(John¬†21)

As I thought more about this beautiful exchange between Jesus and Peter, a few more of my favorite Peter memories came to mind.

I thought about a morning several years ago when I was driving home from the grocery store and came across a Lost sheep.

I thought about a Third Day song that played at a pivotal moment in my life during my early days of sobriety called “Can’t Take the Pain” It was at that moment, as I listened to the lyrics of this song that the depth of His love suddenly hit me. He not only went to the cross to endure the pain and the shame of my sins…He also willingly took the blame…a sinless man raised his hand and stepped in front of the firing squad…for me.

No, I didn’t see this one comin’
It suddenly snuck up on me
I can’t say you didn’t tell me so
I can’t say you didn’t warn me

Well I can’t take the pain,
Knowing that I left you
And I can’t bare the shame 
Of knowing I was wrong

But I’ll take the blame for everything that I’ve done
But I can’t take the pain of leaving you alone
leaving you alone

I was there when they accused you
But I guess I was too afraid
Not just once, and not just twice
But three times I denied your name

Well I can’t take the pain,
Knowing that I left you
And I can’t bare the shame 
Of knowing I was wrong

But I’ll take the blame for everything that I’ve done
But I can’t take the pain of leaving you alone
leaving you alone

I never thought I’d get
Even a second chance
But you’ve given that, and so much more
And then for every time I ever did deny,
You asked me if I love you
You know I do, Lord

So I’m off to follow in your steps
It won’t be easy, it’s safe to say
Only two roads I can walk on down
The one less traveled is the one you paved

But I can’t take the pain,
Knowing that I left you
And I can’t bare the shame 
Of knowing I was wrong
But I’ll take the blame for everything that I’ve done
But I can’t take the pain of leaving you alone
leaving you alone

Lord, you took the pain
Even though I left you
And you took the shame, and you made it all your own
Why’d you take the blame for everything that I’ve done?
Lord, you took the pain, you and you alone

You and you alone.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.