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The word of encouragement and consolation and hope that I want to offer you today from God's Word is that, if you love God and are called according to his purpose, if you are despairing of your own resources and looking to Christ for hope, then to you belongs a most wonderful promise: Jesus prays for you, and he will never let Satan destroy your faith and bring you to ruin.
Do you know why we need a message of hope and encouragement the Sunday after Easter?
Have you not put a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side?
But take heart; Jesus prays for his own and will never let Satan destroy our faith and hope.
Let's take verses 31 and 32 a phrase at a time and see what the implications are for that time and for ours.
But in doing so he reveals a promise that I could scarcely live without, especially in the week after Easter.
"Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail; and when you have turned again, strengthen your brethren." And he said, "Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death." He said, "I tell you, Peter, the cock will not crow this day, until you three times deny that you know me." Only hours after being told that he would be a ruler in Christ's kingdom, Peter is going to crash.
In verse 15 Jesus said, "I have earnestly desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer." What a precious meal it must have been!
And even though Jesus had to give a mild rebuke to his disciples for their concern with who the greatest was, yet he followed that up in verse 28 with an astonishing and reassuring promise: You are those who have continued with me in my trials; and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom, that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. What a prospect: the great messianic kingdom established, and the apostles ruling with Jesus! But then came the sobering words of realism in verses 31–34. So Jesus portrays life as threatened and fraught with spiritual difficulties.
"Simon, Simon, behold Satan demanded to have you." The first thing to notice here is that the word "you" is plural. In the book of Job Satan is pictured as having access to God and making demands of him.
(This is obvious in Greek, not English.) Jesus is telling Simon Peter that Satan has demanded to have all the disciples. Listen to this interchange, which may be typical of how Satan opposes us: Then Satan answered the Lord, "Does Job fear God for nought?
It's because our worst spiritual and emotional collapses often follow in the wake of our happiest, most victorious experiences. Good Friday was sober but sweet ("Today you will be with me in Paradise"). And I know personally of three of our people whose burdens have brought them to tears this week. I've gone home at night and said to Noël, "Well, tomorrow is going to be real hard to bear." And she says, "How do you know that?
Easter morning was glorious ("Begotten anew to a living hope through the resurrection"). " And I say, "Because today was so great." In Luke 22 we have a record of some of the things that happened at the Last Supper.