My Chains Are Gone

My Chains Are Gone

Luke 22:59-62
About an hour later, someone else spoke up, really adamant: “He’s got to have been with him! He’s got ‘Galilean’ written all over him.”
Peter said, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about.” At that very moment, the last word hardly off his lips, a rooster crowed. Just then, Jesus turned and looked at Peter. Peter remembered what Jesus had said to him: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” He went out and cried and cried and cried.

These verses show the third time in a short period that Peter had denied Jesus.

Jesus knew Peter was going to do wrong and deny him, he even told Peter that he was going to do so. Sometimes we can make mistakes, we go directly against what God has said to us, and feel like there is no way back. After Peter had denied Jesus the third time we see that he went outside and wept, cried, because he knew what he had done. It’s so easy sometimes to get stuck in this place where the guilt inside of us can keep us down as if we were bound by chains. We can feel upset and disappointed in our selves and what we’ve done.

But we don’t have to live in guilt and shame, that’s not the life God has called us to live.

These chains that are holding us down are not meant to be there, they can be broken because of Jesus’ blood poured out for us on the cross and it has wiped our sins away, all of them.

Matthew 28:26
This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

 

Forgiveness means to be released from bondage or imprisonment, the forgiveness shown to us by God has broken those chains and we no longer have to live as captives to sin.

Though Jesus knew Peter was not going to acknowledge him he loved him regardless. We make mistakes constantly throughout our lives, or at least I know I do, but because of God’s incredible grace and forgiveness we never have to let that come between our relationship with him.

“My chain are gone

I’ve been set free

My God, My Saviour has ransomed me

And like a flood,

His mercy reigns

Unending love

Amazing grace”

~ Chris Tomlin, Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)

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