How Jesus takes you from crushed to crushin’ it

Have you ever felt like you’ve just made the biggest mistake of your life, and nothing you do can make it right?

Jesus’ disciple Peter might’ve felt that way when he denied knowing his beloved Lord not once, nor twice, but three times—and with cursing and swearing. After spending three years with Jesus, seeing Him heal many sick people (including his family), and even walking on water with Him, this must’ve been crushing for the fisherman who’d claimed, that very same day, “Lord, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death.” (Luke 22:33 NKJV)

I’m sure the bitter irony wasn’t lost on Peter: In his bid for self-preservation, he denied the One he had sworn his loyalty to.

Worst of all, Jesus was present to hear Peter’s stinging words of denial in the courtyard (one Bible version even records Peter saying, “A curse on me if I’m lying—I don’t know the man!” (Matt 26:74 NLT)). As Jesus turned to look at him, I can’t imagine the overwhelming guilt that must’ve shot through Peter’s heart at that moment.

But the question is: How did Jesus look at Peter?

I don’t believe it was an accusatory glare, a disappointed frown or even an “I-told-you-so” look (even though the Lord had actually predicted Peter’s denials beforehand (see Luke 22:34)). Because later, even after being senselessly ridiculed by the Jews, wounded beyond recognition by the Roman soldiers’ whips, and having nails driven through His hands and feet onto the cross, Jesus could still say, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

Instead, Jesus looked at Peter with forgiveness. Tenderness. With eyes that said, “Hey Peter, you may have failed, but remember that I’ve prayed for you that your confidence in Me (not yourself!) will not fail.” (see Luke 22:32, AMP)

And Jesus spared no lengths in pursuing Peter with His love. After He’d risen from the dead, He told His disciples—and Peter—through an angel about His whereabouts, making special mention of Peter. In fact, Jesus probably had a private meeting with him, the details of which we aren’t privy to (Luke 24:34). In that encounter, I believe the Lord restored Peter from the guilt that must’ve been gnawing away at him.

Besides that, did you know that the Lord even cared to heal Peter’s painful memories of denying Him? The fateful incident where he denied Jesus occurred by a fire, but Jesus also made a breakfast of fish and bread on a fire for the disciples, after He rose from the dead (John 21:9). So from then on, the smell of fire wouldn’t remind Peter any longer of his grave mistake, but of the Lord’s love for him.

It was the Lord’s no-holds-barred love for Peter that enabled him to rise up in boldness, preach and get three thousand souls saved later on (check it out in Acts 2).

So…if there’s a mistake in your life that you just can’t get over, know that the Lord isn’t shaking His head in disappointment at you (Rom 8:1). Jesus still loves you, precisely because He bore the judgment for your every failure when He died on the cross. And it’s by receiving His unconditional love that will cause you, like Peter, to go from the pits to being more than a conqueror in life!

Sarah was headed for a career in the newsroom, before God opened the doors for her to be a writer at Joseph Prince Ministries. She now puts out the greatest news of all—the gospel of grace which has transformed countless lives, and continues to do so. She enjoys long walks in nature, and is interested in hearing your story.

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  1. Love this! Our Lord uses this ministry in my life in ways too long to list. Please keep these articles coming. The Gospel of Grace!

  2. This was my first message and I love how it takes me from broken to unbroken. I always love to listen to Joseph Prince for I always learn . I get answers to questions. I have learned so much about Grace.

  3. I ask for forgiveness to our Lord Jesus for my sins by His precious blood and I am changing for better and better by His love and grace and mercy. Thank you sister for posting encouraging messages about Lord Jesus love and grace and mercy and transforming lives by His grace and mercy.

  4. Oh the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, I see it played out in my life day after day. It’s inexhaustible, where do I begin!
    To share my testimonies will take more than a book. I’m completely sold out to JESUS. Thank you Pastor Prince for sharing the “True Life Saving Gospel” with the world, and thank you sister Sarah for posting.

  5. I love how our Lord Jesus Love on all of us. His Love, Grace and Mercy is so attractive and addicted. It just wash all over me. I can’t get enough of it and I need him all the time.

  6. Thank you! I love the way there’s Grace in every story of the bible. I’m so grateful for the revelation of Grace. Blessings to you Sarah and the Grace Revolution team.

  7. Thank you so much lady Sarah for sharing the saving truth about and of Christ.Fear and guilt rob us a lot in salvation.I from now on understand what it cost God to save me.It can’t be blown away just by my action or negligence.
    Thank you and thank you so much.
    Wilfred.

  8. No one like Jesus, He is all beauty every way you turn Him. Thanks to the father for putting me in Christ, what a deal. Today the work is finished, I only labor to enter His REST. The thing that has been blessing me recently is that I don’t have to worry about anything, even serving God – the Lord works in me the desire and the performance to serve Him. In the new covenant, God works in me, through me and for me. God works in me everything I want.That’s so powerful. Thank you Sarah and team JP.

  9. Since 2012 God has been using this ministry in my life and that of my family. God has completely changed our lives around and today we live the abundant life in Christ Jesus. Thank you for opening your hearts to the call of Christ in preaching the Gospel of His Grace. May God continue to bless and keep you all.

  10. Sarah, thank you for this. I too have made a big mistake but in God’s eyes maybe I haven’t. I just pray God will find me a place of my own to live. It’s been a rough year. God Bless

  11. Thank you Pastor Prince and also to Sarah for sharing all the wonderful, uplifting, inspiring teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I cannot get enough and look forward to much more.

  12. Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like Peter and Paul, and you and me!!
    Jesus loves restoring the lost unto Himself! Oh the bountiful love of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
    Everyday we bask in the wave after wave of His unending graceful love for us!! Oh, how He loves you and me!!

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