The Messiah’s Regretful Disciples

You have heard the common cliché, “Live without regrets.” Or perhaps you have heard someone say at the end of their life, “I have no regrets.” The fact of the matter is, we all have regrets due to our human nature. The Bible tells us we are all sinners who have fallen short of God’s glory (Rom. 3:23). We may exercise the best intentions and produce the greatest efforts to live each day without regrets, but if we are honest with ourselves, our hearts are still deceitfully sinful (Jer. 17:9). We fall on our face each and every day because we live with a sin nature in a fallen world. The apostle Peter came to this realization when he was questioned concerning his faith in Matthew 26. He was the most outspoken disciple when it came to one’s commitment and loyalty for Jesus, even to the point of confessing his willingness to lay down his life for the Messiah. And yet, Peter’s best intentions were not good enough. When his life and reputation were at stake, he caved to the mounting fear and pressure. Our inevitable failures should not drive us to depression and our own demise like Peter and Judas, but rather our sin stands as a constant reminder of who we really are and our need for Jesus.  Like Peter in Matthew 14, look to Jesus instead of succumbing to the fear of your surroundings. Cast your cares upon Him and live with your hope firmly rooted in the gospel. As we live life with regrets, we can live life with Christ as our reward—“who became sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” We will fail. And when we do, may we see Jesus for who He is: our great Savior.  – Pastor Nate Wagner

Sunday at Liberty

9AM: Pastor Rory–Titus 1:1-4Transforming Truth

10AM: Pastor Rory–Matthew 26:69-27:10The Messiah’s Regretful Disciples (sermon notes)

6PM: Pastor Nate–Psalm 51–A Broken Heart

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