Sunday, April 24, 2011

denying Him

Matthew 26:69 Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said. 
70 But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. 
71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.” 
72 He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!” 
73 After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them, for your accent gives you away.”
74 Then he began to call down curses on himself and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!” 
Immediately a rooster crowed.
75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly. 
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I’m reading the verses about the crucifixion.  This passage struck me tonight in both Matthew and Luke.  Peter denying Christ after being told he would and saying he wouldn’t.  When it came down to him having to choose the world’s acceptance or the acceptance of Christ, he chose the world.  I have often thought about how stupid that was, and about what I would do in the same situation.  Would I choose Christ in the face of death?  I don’t know.  I’d like to think I would.  But when you think about it, anytime I choose sin, I’m denying the power of Christ in my life and I’m denying my relationship and submission to Him.  I’m Peter every time I choose to think bad thoughts about someone.  I’m Peter every time I choose to gossip about someone.  I’m Peter every time I allow my anger to take over.  Every time, I deny Him.  And then the rooster crows, He looks at me, and my heart weeps because of my sinful betrayal.

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