“Again Peter denied it. And immediately a rooster crowed.” – John 18:27 NLT
“Take him yourselves and crucify him,” Pilate said. “I find him not guilty.” – John 19:6 NLT
Three times Peter denied Christ. Three times Pilate pronounced Him not guilty. They both knew who Jesus was and denied Him; one by word, the other by action. Yet, Peter became the one who led the church that still thrives today, and Pilate became infamous as the executor of God’s Son.
Every one of us has done (or will do) things that display disloyalty to the King of Creation. But what happens in that moment does not determine our destiny. At some point, Peter recognized that his denial was betrayal. For Pilate, condemning an innocent man was just another day at the office.
It is what we do after our disloyalty that makes the difference. You cannot out-sin the grace that comes through the cross of Jesus, but you can ignore it. Peter saw his sin, regretted it, and was restored.
That gift of restoration is always open to you. Take it.
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