My personal journey through the Bible
As I read about Peter's denial, three times, I got tears in my eyes thinking wow... How many times do we deny Christ in our daily actions and attitudes only to remember His words later...?
I think Peter denied Jesus because he was #1 worried, #2 fearful, and #3 unsure of how he would look (appearances?). How many times do we deny him because of our feelings which are not always based on facts? How many times do we deny him because we are afraid of something? How many times do we avoid the subject of him because of how it might look or seem to the person in front of us? How many times do we deny him by staying silent? This area also got me thinking about how it’s so easy to say something on a topic but until we’ve walked a mile in another person’s shoes we are oftentimes totally WAY off base. Jesus knew how and why Peter would deny him. This also got me thinking about Matthew 26:41 where it says, “The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” Look at the disciples who couldn’t even stay awake to watch and pray so they don’t fall into temptation. This is so much more than just sleeping when you’re tired. It’s about being awake in the sense of keeping our eyes fixed on Him and praying so we don’t fall into temptation. Why do we fall into temptation? We fall into temptation because in spite of our best intentions, the body is weak. Our spirits are willing but our bodies are weak. I love Matthew 27:52 where it says, “the tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.” His work on the cross did that!
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