by Robert Walker

Overcoming Defeat
Robert Walker
Matthew 26:34-35; John 21

I read about a movie called “Awakenings”. It was based on a true story of the work of Dr. Sayer.

Dr. Sayer had been working with some patients who were survivors of encephalitis a disease that spread to epidemic proportions from 1915-1926.

After 1930, there were no more cases reported. Encephalitis was a disease that was never isolated to its root cause.

It involved swelling of the brain and left its patients in a trance like state. They existed, but they were not sociable. It was like they were living but socially dead.

Dr. Sayer experimented and tried to see if any of these patients would respond. It was if others in the medical field had given up any hope of ever reaching these patients.

Dr. Sayer was an exception to this rule. He kept working with these patients until one day he discovered the medication and the dose of that medication that would bring them back.

It was successful. The results of his discovery were miraculous. It was as if he had brought the living dead back to life.

However, later, the effects of the medication eventually wore off and the patients started drifting back to a trance like state.

Peter now beings to drift. He begins to retrogress. I guess we would call it backsliding. Physically it would be a tragedy to drift back into a former condition like the movie described. But spiritually speaking it is even a greater tragedy.

Jesus told his disciples who were filled with love, compassion, and tenderness, this very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: “ I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will scattered. ‘ but after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.

Simon Peter couldn’t imagine such statements. This was impossible, preposterous, how could he talk this way? Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will,” was Peter’s response. When everyone else leaves you like rats leavi ...

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