Beyond the Weekend

April 7 | Portrait of Failure

April 7, 2022


Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept. Mark 14:72

Read: Mark 14:66-72
Mark 14


Jesus predicts the disciples will fall away and be scattered. When Peter declares he will never fall away, Jesus adds Peter will deny him three times. In Gethsemane, Jesus asks his disciples to pray, but they fall asleep. He singles out Peter telling him to pray or else he’ll fall into temptation but Peter falls back to sleep. When Jesus is on trial later and Peter is accused of being with him, Peter’s fear overwhelms and he fails to keep his promise. He lies about his identity and denies Jesus.

Then the cock crows and Peter remembers Jesus’s prediction. Peter cries bitterly over his failure. His tears reflect his regret and repentant heart. Watch this video clip where Pastor Manion explains how mourning our failure is the way home to God and a restored relationship.

It’s humanity’s nature to fall because we have difficulty obeying God. It’s why we need a Savior. Jesus goes to the cross to die in our place, so we won’t have to pay the penalty for our disobedience. He’s can do that because he’s the only one who perfectly follows God without failing. When we regret our behavior and accept the gift of his death in our place —God forgives our debt and makes us part of his family for eternity. It’s the most beautiful, sacrificial gift ever given.


If you’ve never accepted this gift, you can do so by telling God you believe Jesus died in your place, and you accept his leadership in your life. If you’ve received the gift but wandered away, renew your commitment today. We would love to help you move forward. Contact us at


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And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

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