This morning in worship, we’re leading off with a song called “Your Grace is Enough.” Yet we’re also talking about the point where Peter denies Jesus. (see John 18:15-27).
Don’t miss the magnitude of these two messages coming together!
Perhaps you know Simon Peter. He was key (no pun intended) to Jesus’ plan for the disciples to spread the good news.
“Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being. Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.” (Matt 16:15–19 NLT)
And yet in our sermon scripture today, Peter flat-out denies knowing Jesus!
Not only is this betrayal, this is UBER-betrayal. It’s one thing to be betrayed by an associate… it’s an entirely different thing to be betrayed by someone who is a lynchpin to your entire operation!
If I were Jesus, I would have a very special place for Peter (and not in a good way!).
So I ask, is “His Grace Enough”… even for a traitor like Peter?
At the risk of spoiling the story if it’s new to you, the answer is yes… in droves! Jesus himself bestows grace and renewal on Peter (see John 21). In turn, Peter becomes the very rock Jesus predicted he would become.
So, if his grace is enough for Peter… if his grace is enough for those who put him to death (“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do”)…
Then his grace is enough for you and me. His grace is enough to:
- forgive us when we falter
- invite us to belong, even when we are outsiders
- wipe our slate clean… as white as snow
I pray that you will celebrate God’s grace and presence in your life, and seize the opportunity to be made new today… by a grace that is more than enough!