Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Deny Jesus?

July 5, 2011
The Life of Jesus; read today:  Jesus predicts Peter's denials; Matthew 26:33-35; Mark 14:29-31; Luke 22:33-34; John 13:36-38

It is said there are no atheist in foxholes, that all men when they are in a situation facing death realize that there is a God and pray. Never having been a solider I do not know. I do know that those who believe that there is not prayer in school have not been around during mid-terms and finals.

In either case, any conversion that happens will not stick. It is not because the people do not mean it, I am confident that they do.  While they have come face to face with death, they have not come face to face with Jesus.

Peter had walked with Jesus every day, had not only seen the miracles that Jesus did, he had participated in them himself.  Yet, like the foxhole conversions, Jesus knows the real heart of the person, and He did Peter as well.  Peter denied it though, he was going to stick with Jesus all the way.

BBE: Mark 14:31. But he said with passion, If I have to be put to death with you, I will not be false to you. And they all said the same.

We all can make claims that we will not fail Jesus.  I have made so many of them myself it is pitiful.  And we will fail in them.  But pick  yourself up, dust yourself off and start again.  Because like Peter, you will come to know Jesus in a much deeper way, and when you do, the failures become less and less.  At that point, there is no more denying Him.

Read for next time: Jesus warns the disciples to be prepared; Luke 22:35-38
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