Sunday, November 09, 2008

Peter Wept

November 9: Matthew 26 & Mark 14

26 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 27 And Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ 28 But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” 29 Peter said to him, “Even though they all fall away, I will not.” 30 And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” 31 But he said emphatically, “If I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And they all said the same.

66 And as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came, 67 and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with the Nazarene, Jesus.” 68 But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you mean.” And he went out into the gateway and the rooster crowed. 69 And the servant girl saw him and began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.” 70 But again he denied it. And after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter, “Certainly you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.” 71 But he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know this man of whom you speak.” 72 And immediately the rooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept.
Mark 14:26-31 & 66-72

Peter Wept

For Christians, the most bitter tears we weep are those over our own sins! We see this very thing in the example of Peter, standing with the bystanders while observing the trial of Jesus. It is easy to be critical of Peter, but we must be very careful because, to do so means that we do not understand the sin nature that battles within ourselves.

The Bible tells us that the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. We see that in Peter; look how emphatically he proclaims to Christ, “If I must die with you, I will not deny you.”

Yet, just a few hours later he fulfills the prophecy spoken by Christ, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.”

It is important for we Christians to understand the depths of our own sin nature. Pride often restricts us from seeing who we really are, and oh how God hates pride. We must understand that every good thing we say or do is because of the Holy Spirit within us, and the blood of Christ shed for us.

This is a sad portion of Scripture, but remember what Christ said? He came to save sinners! If we do not understand our own sin, we will not understand the necessity of Christ's death for us.

Later we find that Christ, when He appeared after His resurrection, restored Peter. So, too, Christ forgives and restores us as we fall before Him grieving and confessing our own sins.

Peter wept over his own sins. Do you?

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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