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I Do Not Know What You Are Talking About

June 30, 2018

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I Do Not Know What You Are Talking About

When we’re afraid,  we might instinctively go  into a state  of denial.     We just don’t want to face  the scary problem.     It’s so much easier  to walk away  from the situation  and pretend it does not exist.     We don’t like running away  from our problems,  but feel fearfully helpless  and don’t know what to do.

Peter felt  the same way.     When with Jesus  and the other disciples  in the upper room,  he could strongly  and  bravely state,  “Even if I must die  with You,  I will not deny You.”     (Matthew 26:35)     There is strength  in numbers  and the kind of fellowship  we’re in.     But,  after Jesus was arrested  by a mob  and was being spit upon  and beaten,  it was easy  for Peter to see  he was out numbered  in bad company.     Peter had followed the angry crowd  that had arrested Jesus  and had courageously gotten  into the courtyard  to find out  what was happening,  but he was not amongst friends.     So,  when the obnoxious crowd identified him  as a friend  of Jesus,  Peter feared  for his well-being.     In Matthew 26:69-75 it says,

Now Peter was sitting outside  in the courtyard,  and a certain servant girl came  to him  and said,  “You too  were with Jesus the Galilean.”

But he denied it  before them all,  saying,  “I do not know  what you are talking about.”

And when he had gone out  to the gateway,  another servant girl saw him  and said  to those who were there,  “This man was  with Jesus  of Nazareth.”

And again  he denied it  with an oath,  “I do not know the man.”

And a little later  the bystanders came up  and said to Peter,  “Surely  you too  are one of them;  for the way you talk  gives you away.”

Then he began  to curse and swear,  “I do not know the man!”     And immediately  a cock crowed.     And Peter remembered the word  which Jesus had said,  “Before a cock crows,  you will deny Me  three times.”     And he went out  and wept bitterly.

And so,  every Christian  who has denied Christ  in fear  weeps bitterly.     But,  Peter did not weep  for himself.     He wept  because he really knew  Jesus was the Christ,  the Son of God.     No one should ever deny the Savior,  but he had.     What remorse!     He had denied  truth itself.     Peter was sorry  that he had hurt Jesus.

About this same incident,  Luke 22:31-34 records Jesus saying,

“Simon,  Simon,  behold,  Satan has demanded permission  to sift you  like wheat;  but I have prayed  for you,  that your faith  may not fail,  and you,  when once you have turned again,  strengthen your brothers.”

And he said to Him,  “Lord,  with You I am ready  to go both to prison  and to death!”

And He said,  “I tell you,  Peter,  the cock will not crow today  until you have denied three times  that you know Me.”

Yes,  Peter denied knowing Jesus  three times.     But,  with a repentant heart  that knew  he was forgiven,  Peter did spend the rest  of his life  strengthening fellow Christians  in the truth.     He became a leader  in preaching the gospel  of forgiveness  and salvation.     Peter’s preaching  finally led  to his death,  where he was crucified  upside down.     But then  he was no longer afraid  because he knew the truth  was worth standing up for.

When we give our hearts  to Jesus,  He prays  for us also.     Jesus prays  that our faith  will not fail  and that when we turn back  to Him  in repentance,  we will be all the stronger  in our faith  and service — like Peter.

Since we sin every day,  we need  to turn back  to Jesus  every day  in repentance.     Then,  accept His loving forgiveness  and become stronger  in the true faith,  for Jesus’ sake.     Jesus’ love  for us  has been so faithful  and true.     We can trust Him  to continue strengthening  and leading us  as we abide  in His word.     It is in His word  that we receive strength  and knowledge  of the truth  that sustains us.

Then,  with Peter  and all the saints  down through the ages,  we say,  “Hallelujah!    Let those also  who suffer  according to the will of God  entrust their souls  to a faithful Creator  in doing what is right.”     (1 Peter 4:19)

Love,
Margaret

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Praise is becoming  to the upright.
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I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
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