EVERYONE TRIPS SOMETIMES...
March 15, 2015
Luke 22:31-38 ESV:  “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat,  but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”  Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.”  Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.”  And he said to them, “When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.”  He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.  For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me has its fulfillment.”  And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough.”
Luke, in quoting Jesus, has been going to extraordinary lengths to give us a picture of authentic faith, that our “certainty” might be increased. While making it clear Jesus demands that we be all in, that doesn’t mean we won’t trip. It’s how we respond when we trip that makes all the difference.
- Satan is working to destroy us.
- Jesus lovingly intercedes to protect us.
- Jesus knows we will trip.
- Jesus wants us to recognize our vulnerability.
- Jesus empowers us to get back up.
- Jesus desires that our journey of faith encourage the faith of others.