“He looked beyond my faults and saw my needs.” Great theology.
9:6 Leave your simple ways [follow Jesus] and you will live; walk in the way of [His] insight.
Whatever happened to the soldiers that were guarding the tomb? The religious leaders protected them from the governor (Matthew 28:11-15), but what about divine justice? We have no record of them beyond that point–which is exactly my point. Did God zap them for their lies about Jesus? What about the soldiers that cast lots for His clothes? Did God pour out His wrath on them? We have stories about the centurion becoming a follower of Jesus; what we actually have in print is Jesus praying for their forgiveness,
34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. Luke 23:34
What about Peter? What did Jesus do to Peter for denying Him three times? Let’s see:
5 He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”
“No,” they answered.
6 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. John 21:5-6
- The first thing He did was call him “friend.”
- The second thing was to repeat the miracle of when Jesus called Peter into His ministry (Luke 5:1-11).
- The third thing was to cook him breakfast, “Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast'” (21:12).
- The fourth thing was to reinstate Peter in His ministry. He asked him three times if he loved Him. Why three times? I think it was to counteract the three times Peter disowned Christ. Each time, Jesus commanded Peter to take care of His flock (John 21:15-17).
There was no retribution; there wasn’t even a scolding. Instead, Jesus called Peter to not only continue in His ministry, but to take over the lead role of shepherd in His ministry. Now, THAT’S grace!
Why do we not think that Jesus does the same with us? Precedent has been set; let’s believe that Jesus really is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Through His Spirit, Jesus wants to walk through life with us, failures and all. Evidently, He is able to look beyond our faults and help us with our needs. What is our biggest need? Him in our lives! Let’s trust Him for daily grace and for continuous guidance.
Abba, You are wonderful! You not only forgive us, You see us as we will one day be, which is like You. Your Spirit is our Guarantee, our Trainer, and our Guide. May we listen to Him/You all the time for everything. Amen.