A cast of mainly teens presented a play of the events of Passion Week for 70+ children yesterday evening.
Interestingly, upon returning to the church after taking children home in the van, I discovered that Disciple #3 and Angel-at-the-Tomb had been fighting. From eyewitness reports of other children around, we’re talking cussing, yelling, hitting, name-calling, on-the-ground fighting. Angel-at-the-Tomb had already left the scene, while Disciple #3 was still there, looking rather shaken and guilty.
“Simon, Simon…Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you as wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”
Peter had been lovingly prayed for, yet the test had come. Peter had failed–miserably failed! But that was not the end of Peter’s faith nor the end of his ministry. Just as Jesus had said, Peter “turned again” and found in his Savior forgiveness and Spirit power to lead the early church.
Jesus knew we could never be good enough or holy enough or clean enough to make it on our own. We need Him to save us from ourselves and from our sin, from our past mistakes and failures, from our arrogant statements and appalling behavior.
He died for Peter, for Disciple #3, for Angel-at-the-Tomb, for you, and for me. And He’s already prayed for us, because He knows our weaknesses and our tendency to be dumb sheep.
That’s the kind of Savior it’s good to know.