THE LOVE OF CHRIST FOR PETER—A DISCIPLE WHO STUMBLED
Jesse M. Hendley
Friends, the second part of our current series, "The
Love of Christ" dwells on the love of Peter for Christ
and Christ's love for this disciple who was constantly
stumbling and failing, but who supremely loved Christ
in his heart. Peter even thought that he was willing
to die for Christ, but he found the weakness of the
flesh. Jesus said, "The spirit indeed is willing, but
the flesh is weak." Peter is a type of so many of us
who in spite of all Jesus has done for us, in spite of
the fact that we love Him and are born-again and are
seeking in some measure to serve Him, yet we fail Him
again and again. Many times we think that we are
stronger than we are but then we stumble and fall or
become discouraged. God gave this about Simon Peter so
it would be an encouragement to those of us who
stumble and fall so that we may realize we can get up
again and we are indwelled with the Holy Spirit who
will enable us to live a life of victory if we WILL
ONLY LET Him do it.
Our study is the 13th chapter of John, beginning with
verse 3: “Jesus knowing that the Father had given all
things into His hands, and that He was come from God,
and went to God. He riseth from supper, and laid aside
His garments and took a towel, and girded Himself.
After that He poureth water into a bason, and began to
wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the
towel wherewith He was girded. Then cometh He to Simon
Peter: and Peter saith unto Him, Lord, dost Thou wash
my feet?" (Are you washing MY feet? I'm your slave---
You're the Master.) "Jesus answered and said unto him,
What I do thou knowest not now: but thou shall know
hereafter. Peter saith unto Him, Thou shalt never wash
my feet. "
Can you imagine a disciple saying to Jesus Christ, the
Son of God, "You are not going to do any such thing"
when He says He ...
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