THE RESTORATION OF A FALLEN CHRISTIAN
Jesse M. Hendley
My subject today, friends, is "The Restoration of a
Fallen Christian," and I invite you to turn with me to
the Gospel of Luke, chapter 22 and verse 54. The Lord
Jesus Christ is in the shadow of the cross. He is now
being brought into judgment. "Then took they Him, and
led Him, and brought Him into the high priest's house.
And Peter followed afar off. And when they had kindled
a fire in the midst of the hall and were set down
together, Peter sat down among them (among the enemies
of the Lord). But a certain maid beheld him as he sat
by the fire and earnestly looked upon him and said,
This man was also with Him. And Peter denied Him,
saying, Woman, I know Him not. And after a little
while another saw him and said, Thou art also of them
(one of the disciples of Jesus, now being arrested),
and Peter said, Man, I am not! And about the space of
one hour, another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a
truth this fellow also was with Him, for he is a
Galilean. And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou
sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock
crew. And the Lord turned, and LOOKED on Peter. And
Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said
unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny Me
thrice. And Peter went out and wept bitterly."
This is For Us
This is a tremendous event in the life of Simon Peter
and a lesson unto us. It is the story of Peter failing
and being restored by the Lord. You and I today,
friends, fail and we need to know this passage of
Scripture. Next to the plan of salvation there is
nothing greater for a child of God to know: HOW TO BE
RESTORED when we have failed the Lord.
Luke 22:61 is the text, and here we have Peter
DENYING, Peter REMEMBERING, Peter WEEPING, and then
Peter being RESTORED.
The word deny is in verse 61: "Thou shalt DENY Me."
Then we have the word remember: "And Peter REMEMB ...
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