June 9, 2016
A Sinner Saved by Grace
1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes we were healed.
Peter is the perfect example of “me and you.” When I read throughout the New Testament, Scriptures of Peter, I see myself. I see a heart that loves and longs for Jesus, (John 21:15-17). I see a servant who often times like myself, stumbles, falls and speaks before I think, (Matthew 16:21-23). I see a servant in spite of his faithfulness to Christ, fall short and heed to his flesh, when persecution arise and fear creeps in, (John 18:17,25-27). I can only imagine the lump in Peter’s throat, as he took a deep swallow after the rooster crowed the third time.
Peter’s story does not end here, and neither does ours. When Mary Magdalene and the other women had brought sweet spices to anoint the Lord, immediately they discovered the stone rolled away. When they enter into the tomb, there was an angel sitting on the right side, he said to them, do not be afraid, for Jesus had risen and He was no longer here. He told the women to go tell Jesus’ disciples AND PETER that He has gone before them to Galilee, and they would see Him there, (Mark 161:2, 5-7). It’s in the verse of Mark 16:7, that God has made it clear in His Word, that what Peter had done prior to the cross no longer mattered, because now he is a sinner saved by grace.
The Lord’s plans for using Peter for the building of His church was still in God’s will and still very much in play, (Matthew 16:17-18). Like Peter, God has plans for us, (Jeremiah 29:11,) like Peter we tend to look away from Jesus and start sinking, (Matthew 14:30). The Lord will reach down lift us up and place us back on His divine path He had planned out for us at the beginning of the foundation of the world, (Ephesians 1:4). Many of us feel like failures, we feel like we have sinned to deep or denied Jesus too many times in our past. When we received Jesus as our personal Savior, all the sins we had done prior to our salvation no longer matters, cause we are now sinners saved by grace. God will use us for His glory, it is here where our past will end and our future in Christ begins.
Lord, I thank You, that in spite of my past failures, sins and denial, You looked pasted all of that upon the cross as You said, Father forgive them. I am thankful that You have set me apart from the beginning of creation and no matter what I have and will do, You will always use me to expand Your kingdom. Thank You, for saving this sinner with Your amazing grace, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.