The apostle Peter (also called Simon) was a disciple of Jesus. Peter was a fisherman who Jesus called to become a “fisher”of men. But did you know that Peter failed Jesus miserably? In Luke 22:33, Peter promised to follow Jesus no matter what the cost and if necessary he would protect Jesus with his own life. 33 But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.” But hours later, Peter found himself warming his hands at the fire of Jesus’s enemies. And moments later, Peter denied that he even knew Jesus to three different people. The very person Peter promised to follow, even if it meant his own death, was now disowned him. Click Here for scripture on Peter’s denial.
Peter knew and believed that Jesus had forgiven him because Peter remembered the prayer Jesus prayed when He said, “ 31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
Even though Peter knew he was forgiven, he could not escape the shame of knowing what he had done. This shame must have caused Peter to wonder – Am I still usable? Could Jesus ever trust Peter to bring glory to God after he denied his savior? CAN JESUS MAKE THE UNUSABLE USEABLE?