Summary: Simon Peter was a man of extraordinary strengths but perhaps he displayed his greatest strength when he wept over his own sin!
IT IS ALRIGHT FOR A MAN TO CRY
“And Peter went out and wept bitterly.” Luke 22:62.
Simon Peter was a man who possessed extraordinary strengths. In many ways he showed himself to be “a man’s man”! Notice:
I. PETER WAS STRONG PHYSICALLY.
"And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen." Matthew 4:18.
II. PETER WAS STRONG IN HIS FAITH.
Strong in believing faith:
"From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. Then Jesus said to the twelve, ’Do you also want to go away?’ But Simon Peter answered Him, ’Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." John 6:66-69.
Strong in trusting faith:
“And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, ‘It is a ghost!’ And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.’ And Peter answered Him and said, ‘Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.’ So He said: ‘Come.’ And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.” Matthew 14:26-29.
III. PETER WAS STRONG IN COURAGE AND COMPASSION.
“Then Peter said, ‘Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”
IV. BUT PERHAPS PETER SHOWED HIS GREATEST STRENGH THAT MORNING WHEN HE WEPT OVER HIS OWN SIN!
Peter made no effort to justify his sin. He did not blame others for his sin. He did not minimize the extent of his own sin by generalizing, saying: “Well, everybody sins.” He repented of his sin and wept bitterly.
“And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, ‘Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.’ So Peter went out and wept bitterly.”