Jesus and His disciples had withdrew as the Crucifixion approached. A short time later, Jesus begins to inform the disciples about the suffering and terrible things He would have to endure. His words were shocking, unfathomable, and Peter quickly cuts Him off (almost out of terror to hear more) declaring that he would follow Jesus wherever he went…even if the path he followed meant death.
It was a bold statement, a sincere promise…but, in the end, a lie. Peter’s betrayal was foreshadowed by Jesus.
Christ revealed Peter’s betrayal by revealing that Satan had asked for Peter to be “sifted” like wheat.
To today’s readers and hearers, that phrase may sound strange and a bit obscure. To understand what Jesus was saying, you must first understand how wheat is sifted. It’s grabbed by the stalk and shook violently. The wheat kernels will then be separated from the remainder of the wheat in this manner.
As a result, Satan’s purpose and desire for Peter was for him to abandon Jesus and never return. This is the same aim the enemy has in mind for every believer… for you.
“But,” Jesus said, “I have prayed for you, Simon, so that your faith may not fail. And when you return, strengthen your brothers.” Luke 22:32
Maybe you or a friend or family member is battling temptation. Pray for redemption and the power to resist it. If you make a mistake, pick yourself up, repent, and then ask God for the courage to begin again.
God, please help (name). I know they’re enduring a lot of temptation right now, and You see that just as You saw Peter all those years ago. Give them the wisdom to avoid temptation and if they fall prey to it, show them how to repent and turn back to You.