Satan demanded you?

31 “Simon, Simon, behold, bSatan demanded to have you,4c . that he might sift you like wheat, 32 but dI have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again,e    .    strengthen your brothers.” 33 Peter5 said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both fto prison and gto death.” 34 hJesus  6said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until  you deny three times that you know me.”  LUKE 22:31-34

Hearing this passage this morning, before the modern America had even finished it’s dreams…. it hit me pretty hard… Did Jesus just tell Peter that

Satan demanded to have you 

That he might sift you like wheat… 

but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail”

There are so many other things wrapped up in this short passage of Jesus predicting Peter’s future denial … yet hear this one thing this evening…

Jesus told Peter that Satan demanded him. That alone should be enough to stir our hearts into preventative action of faith based mission. But Jesus goes even further, to describe the delightful torture that Satan will partake in.. sifting him like wheat? This is scary. Yes, we have faith, yes there is immediate salvation for EVERY LOST SOUL… but really… this is scary..   and think just a few paragraphs earlier we read that SATAN ENTERED JUDAS !  Was not Judas privy to all this teaching and love of Jesus just like the other 11?

Guys, if Judas had Satan enter him after the amount of time that he spent with Jesus .. the amount of miracles he PERSONALLY witnessed? Come on man! This is scary… We walk out into the sin stained world rarely thinking of this evil adversary lurking in our paths? Am i alone here?

Fine, maybe not…

But here is what i am going to sleep on this evening. On an evening just 3 days after a man walked into a countryside church service and tore up life through ungodly murders… here is what i am going to sleep on.. and wake to tomorrow…

“Brenden,  I  have prayed for you that your faith may not fail.   And when you have turned again,   strengthen your brothers.”

Who else but Jesus can claim this protection and love over us and yet still love us enough to explain we will fail Him again and He knows it? YET STILL HIS LOVE….  BROTHERS.. YET STILL HIS LOVE… HIS MERCY…. HIS GRACE… 

It is simply scandalous …  HEAR THIS… Jesus says to you tonight:

“Brother,  I  have prayed for you that your faith may not fail.   And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Brenden Kurtz

Kingdom now. A Life interrupted by the Great I am. Project love unto others, both known and unknown, & to elevate one's attitude and aptitude. www.barnabasman.com

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