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Topic: Day and Night (07/10/14)
TITLE: SONRISE IN THE AFTERMATH
By Jason Barnett
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After the excitement of gaining thirty pieces of silver wore off, Judas came to his senses and realized the horrible mistake he had made. In an attempt to rectify his error, Judas goes to the chief priests to give back the money. When that did not work, the guilt of his sin was so unbearable that Judas could not live with himself. If only Judas had thrown himself at the feet of Jesus, he could have experienced Christís love, mercy, and forgiveness.
Peter had told Jesus that no matter what trials would face them, he would stand by the Saviorís side even if it cost his life. But when the time of suffering came, Peter did his best to blend in with the crowd. When people began to ask if he had been with Jesus, Peter denied using strong curse words in an effort to further distance himself from the man he swore he would stand by until the end. However, as the rooster made its calls, Peter realized the error of his ways. After Christ rose from the dead, Peter humbled himself before Jesus again. Out of Peterís fully surrendered heart, Jesus would use Peter to build His church.
Many of us today have failed trying to follow Christ, and those who have not will most likely find themselves in a similar situation down the road. In those moments it is important to remember that Jesus loves us, and that His grace is sufficient for all our sins. The magnitude of our mistake cannot out match the power of His blood. The pains of failure can be replaced with the warmth of peace and the brightness of joy, all we have to do is humble ourselves before Jesus. By surrendering our hearts, we allow Christ to grow something beautiful from the ashes of our past.
Lamentations 3:19-24 (MSG) Iíll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of the ashes, the poison Iíve swallowed. I remember it allóoh, how well I rememberóthe feeling of hitting the bottom. But thereís one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope: Godís loyal love couldnít have run out, his merciful love couldnít have dried up. Theyíre created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! Iím sticking with God (I say it over and over). Heís all Iíve got left.
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