Peter Denies Jesus
Daily Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 5,6; Psalm 43; Mark 14
Today’s Key Passage – Mark 14:27-31
Picture this: You are living in the time of Jesus and you are one of His twelve disciples. You have been following Jesus for some time now and you can honestly say that you love this man like you have never loved another person on earth. You have seen Him heal the blind. You have seen Him feed thousands with very little food. You have seen Him raise the dead. You have no doubt that this man is the long-awaited Messiah – the Savior of your people. One night, you sit down to have a nice quiet dinner with Jesus and the rest of the disciples, but the dinner takes a strange turn. All of a sudden, Jesus says that one of the twelve men sitting at the table with Him is going to betray Him. He then goes on to say that all of the twelve men will fall away from Him. What would you say to this? This man is your friend. He is also your God. You would do anything for Him. I would imagine that most of us would respond the same way Peter responded to Jesus. Peter said, “Even if all fall away, I will not.” It sounds like a reasonable argument – one that most of us would make in that same situation, but Jesus responds to Peter and says, “today—yes, tonight—before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.” This had to be hard to hear. It had to be even harder to believe. It is no wonder that the next verse in the Bible says the following, “But Peter insisted emphatically, ‘Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.’ And all the others said the same.” The disciples, and Peter in particular, insisted emphatically that they would never disown Jesus. Sadly, most of us already know what happens next in the story. Only a few hours later, Judas led a group of soldiers out to arrest Jesus and in Mark 14:50 we read, “Then everyone deserted him and fled”. After fleeing, Peter followed Jesus and the soldiers to the courtyard of the high priest. There he was questioned by a young girl about whether or not he knew Jesus, and just as predicted Peter disowned Jesus three times.
Most of us who follow Christ would insist emphatically that we would never disown Jesus. On Sunday morning in church, we would easily insist emphatically. At home in prayer, we would easily insist emphatically. When things are going well, we would easily insist emphatically. Our true love for Jesus is revealed, however, not in the good times, but in the bad. When tragedy strikes, would we be so quick to insist? When it seems like our prayers have not been answered, can we still insist? When we face persecution or mocking because of our faith, will we still insist? When we are tempted to sin, do we still insist? Just like the disciples, anyone can say they will follow Jesus during good times, but the test of a true believer comes during times of trial. I have heard it said that when you squeeze grapes, you get to see grape juice, and when you squeeze a Christian you get to see what kind of faith he really has. What will come out when you are squeezed by life?
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Posted on March 7, 2013, in 02 - Mark and tagged Bible, Bible Study, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, God, Jesus, Mark, Peter, Questioning God, Religion, Sin, Temptation. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.