Don’t let your guard down

This is the story of Peter denying Christ as it appears in the book of Mark:

27“You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written:

“‘I will strike the shepherd,
and the sheep will be scattered.’[d]

28 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”

29 Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I will not.”

30 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “today—yes, tonight—before the rooster crows twice[e] you yourself will disown me three times.”

31 But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the others said the same.

Mark 14: 27-31

66 While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by. 67When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him.

“You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” she said.

68 But he denied it. “I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,” he said, and went out into the entryway.[g]

69 When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, “This fellow is one of them.” 70 Again he denied it.

After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.”

71 He began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about.”

72 Immediately the rooster crowed the second time.[h] Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice[i] you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept.

Mark 14: 66-72

Peter did not believe that he would deny Christ when he was at the Last supper with Jesus.  At that point, he gave Jesus his word that he would be faithful.  It was easy for him to say that he would be faithful at that time.  Jesus knew however that Peter would not be.

The next morning before the rooster crowed twice though, that is exactly what happened.  Jesus was arrested and charged with blasphemy, and when Peter was question if he was with Jesus, he denied he was.  This occurred three times in versus 66-72.  Peter immediately remembered what Jesus had said and

Many times we may fall when we are under pressure of self-preservation.  Will you be thinking about yourself, or Jesus?  This may also happen when we let our mind go astray, or when we try and face life’s challenges on our own.   It’s easy to say we will be faithful when we are standing in the church building, but what about “out there” in the world.  What happens when someone tells you to do something you know is wrong, or even what about.  A few years back, the cliche WWJD bands became popular fad.  Outside of the fad,  it is a good thing to think about when you end up in a situation that challenges your heart.

In John 16: 33 Jesus is speaking to the desciples just before his crucifixion:

33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

It is important to remember that Jesus is always with us during not only our good times, but also our most troubling times as well.  Don’t deny Jesus when the going gets tough, maintain your faith, and he will see you through it!

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