SURRENDER: Peter’s struggles after surrendering

SURRENDER: Peter’s struggles after surrendering

John 21:15-19–All four gospels include repeated references to Jesus’ teaching that people should lose their lives for his sake (cf. Matthew 10:38-39; 16:24-25; Mark 8:34-35; Luke 9:23-27; 14:25-27; 17:33; John 12:25). Jesus did not possess a limited set of teachings that he refined by repeating to various audiences. Instead, knowing “what was in man” (John 2:23-25) and having “all the treasures of knowledge and wisdom” (Colossians 2:3), Jesus offered the teachings his audiences needed to hear. His repeating emphasis on selfless surrender indicates he believed people needed to listen to that message because they struggled with it. We have been exploring the lives of individuals who surrendered themselves to God this month to challenge us to surrender ourselves to God in the coming year. This lesson concludes that series by considering the struggles and successes that marked Peter’s surrender to Jesus.