April 21, 2014

Luke 24:34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.”

We have the record here, and in 1 Corinthians 15:5, that Jesus appeared to Peter privately before He appeared to the other 10 disciples, but we have no record of what went on at that meeting. I think Don Francisco’s song, “He’s Alive,” is probably an extremely accurate description. That Jesus would be so loving and so individual as to do that is so indicative of His character, as well as of the importance Peter had in God’s plans for the Church. Peter was gifted as a leader, but was certainly a “diamond in the rough” if ever there was one. He had blown it big time, after having declared his undying allegiance to Jesus and then, probably more explicitly that anyone else, saying he didn’t even know Him, in an effort to save his own hide. Even in a period that was drama upon drama, the moment when Jesus turned and looked right at Peter (Luke 22:61) stands out. Jesus wanted to cement in Peter’s heart what he had done, so that there would be no room for pride later, when Peter would be used magnificently in so many miracles that people wanted even his shadow to fall on them. (Acts 5:15) Peter needed to be fully broken before he could be remade, but once he was remade, he was indeed the rock that Jesus had named him.

I have resisted the breaking times the Lord has brought in my life, as I think everyone does. However, as David realized, a broken and contrite heart is acceptable before God. (Psalm 51:17) Any time I have thought I could bring God glory in my own strength, I’ve blown it. It has only been when I have allowed Him to use me that the results have been good. God delights to use broken vessels! I am to seek Him for what He wants me to do, and remember always that any good that results is His doing and not my own. I am to remember that my weaknesses and failures are never more powerful than His love and grace. I am to be His hands to lift up the fallen, assuring them that God’s not through with them, but has a magnificent plan to bless and use them. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Father, thank You for the powerful testimony on this very point given here just yesterday. Thank You for the person whom we will be going to see this morning, who so desperately needs to receive this truth. I pray that I would be fully yielded to You so that Your plans may be fulfilled on Your schedule, for the healing and deliverance of many and for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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