Day 283 – Three Denials
On: August 10, 2015   |   By: SWLadmin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

Then seizing him, they led Jesus away and took him into the house of the high priest. Peter followed at a distance. And when some there had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them. A servant girl saw him seated there in the firelight. She looked closely at him and said, “This man was with him.” But he denied it. “Woman, I don’t know him,” he said. A little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” “Man, I am not!” Peter replied. About an hour later  another asserted, “Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean.” Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.  Luke 22:54-62

Easy to focus on Peter’s three denials here; and he, himself, was the one most disappointed at how he had buckled under pressure. Yet, Peter was the only one who had the courage to follow Jesus into a place of danger, where the other disciples had legged it.

Surely, it’s better to be in a place where there is the risk of failure, than to loiter out of harm’s way.

Peter’s failure, of course, was probably the result of his snoozing just an hour earlier, when Jesus had called the disciples, three times, to pray that they might not succumb to temptation. (nb. Jesus didn’t ask them to pray for Him – look back at Day 281).

Jesus prayed and stayed the course. Peter slept and fell at the first.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, many are the potholes that lie in the path of those who would follow You. Alert me, constantly, to the need to pray, that I might not fall into temptation. Amen

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