Wednesday 26 August, 2015

Mark 14:26-31

26 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 27 “You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written: “‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ 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 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.

Peter has walked with Jesus for years at this point. He has known him personally, learned about him, been taught all about God and heaven and the scriptures, all directly from Christ. Peter has always been self, confident, a natural leader. But he is about to learn something about himself and Jesus knows it. “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times”

I am a lot like Peter. Although I have walked faithfully with Christ for a long time and I am in a position of leadership amongst other followers of Christ, there are times where I fall well short of my own standard for where my faith should be.

Thank you Lord, that your Holy Book isn’t a collection of truisms or nice teachings, but contains historical facts about real people and how you engage with them. Thank you that you continued to walk with Peter and continued to put him back on his feet each time he fell. May I be like him so that I can continue always to grow in what you have called me to do!

Written by Ps. Justin Ware

3 replies
  1. Andrew Mellor says:

    Thanks Justin, how many times I’ve even thought to myself ‘I’m doing all right, things have been good’ and within a short space of time God has me on my face thinking ‘wow, I have so far to go’.

    Thank God he promises to complete this good work in us

  2. Richard says:

    You will all fall away! Now that is not encouraging!

    Think of it Jesus is falling apart. He has been a strong and confident leader, purpose driven. Now he’s talking about his own death, effectively snuffing out any sense of the future, or at least as the disciples envisage it. Peter steps in to support Jesus, to take some of the heat from Him. He acts protectively like most followers do for their leaders, they defend them in a time of crisis.

    Jesus further exacerbates the issue though saying that even Peter’s good intentions will come to nothing, even worse, they will lead him to deny Jesus, to deny his leader.

    What do I do when someone tells me a truth I do not want to hear? Do I try to gloss over it, not face its reality, fix the situation? I ‘get’ Peter, he must have been devastated to be told this news by Jesus. Of course he stood up to try to fill the gap. But to be told he would even further fail, now that must have cut him to the core. We know the end from the beginning of this story, we know it turns out but it would have been so difficult for Peter. I like that he defends Jesus, and I’ld like to think I would do the same, go to Jesus’ defence.

    Father, may I never shrink back from following Jesus, even to the point of defending Him when I need to.

  3. David Newton says:

    It is an awesome lesson and we should all take it to heart.
    1 Corinthians 10:12 says ‘So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!’. We always think we will stand firm with God and if we pattern our lives according to a firm foundation of the gospel that may be true. However we only really stand firm because of God’s faithfulness to make us stand, and little else.

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