This sermon, based on Peter’s failure to walk on water, reviews the common theme of God’s holy hypocrites. Throughout the Scriptures, all of God’s chosen people fail to live righteously and fail to demonstrate a perfect faith: Noah, the drunk. Moses, the murderer. Elijah, the fearful prophet. Peter, the bumbling.
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The true holy one is Jesus. He alone is perfect in love and faithfulness towards God, and every neighbor. Furthermore, he is gracious and merciful towards those who recognize that they have failed God, their neighbors, and themselves. Just as God rescued Noah, called Moses and fed Elijah, so too Jesus reaches out his hand and lifts sinking Peter above the waves.
God’s forgiveness is demonstrated to all sinners in his crucifixion, death, and resurrection. A thief is shown grace and promised eternal life. Mockers are forgiven. Risen, Jesus appears to his disciples and says “Peace be with you.” He then commissions them to preach the good news of forgiveness for all nations, including you.
We fail to perform. But what matters is Christ’s performance. He does all things well!
O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
O’er us sin no more hath dominion
For more than conqu’rors we are!
His Word shall not fail you, He promised;
Believe Him and all will be well;
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!