Summary: Normally, Training Institutions and tons of books taught us how to win. But this time, the greatest teacher of all is instructing his students how to face failure and recover from its devastating effect. When every body is talking positively about winning
Mat 26:31 Then Jesus told them, This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: ’I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’
PETER’S FAILURE IN DENYING CHRIST
Mat 26:69 Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. You also were with Jesus of Galilee, she said.
Mat 26:70 But he denied it before them all. I don’t know what you’re talking about, he said.
Mat 26:71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another girl saw him and said to the people there, This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.
Mat 26:72 He denied it again, with an oath: I don’t know the man!
Mat 26:73 After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, Surely you are one of them, for your accent gives you away.
Mat 26:74 Then he began to call down curses on himself and he swore to them, I don’t know the man! Immediately a cock crowed.
Mat 26:75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: Before the cock crows, you will disown me three times. And he went outside and wept bitterly.
Failure is inevitable to all Christ followers; in fact Jesus foretold that his disciples will all fall away.
God did not cause our failure. Our failure is not God’s mistake. But God did not use His sovereign power to shield us from experiencing fall for divine reasons.
The great Michael Jordan once said:
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
GOOD PEOPLE STUMBLE AND FALL FOR A REASON
If the sparrows will not fall unless there’s God’s permission, how much more are the people of God.
Mat 10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny ? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.
Mat 10:30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Mat 10:31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
GOD USE OUR FALLING TO TRANSFORM US INTO A NEW LIFE
Joh 12:24 I tell you the truth, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.
Joh 12:25 The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
Before I fall, my life is full of pride and self confidence. But when I experience falling, I learned to surrender my life to God fully. I am no longer interested about my reputation. I started to live for the glory of God and not for my own. Through His grace, God can even use our mistakes to make us better.
II – JESUS IS ALWAYS READY TO CATCH US WHEN WE FALL
Mat 26:32 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.
Once they fall, Jesus expected them to go back from where they started – in Galilee. Hence He already announced that He will meet them there in that same place. Jesus is ready to catch us again when we fall.
JESUS WANT US TO BE READY AND EVEN WARN US FOR TRIALS TO COME