2012-03-26 - What Would Peter Say?
Peter replied, "Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will." (Matthew 26:33)
I couldn't believe my ears, but it is not Jesus' nature to lie. I would never leave Jesus in His hour of need. The other disciples, like me said they could not turn their back on Jesus either. Jesus told me I would indeed deny Him. I can't imagine Jesus doing anything that would make me desert Him. How can Jesus think that about me? After all the time we have spent together, doesn't Jesus trust me? What does He see that I don't?
I did not want to accept the horrible things Jesus was saying, that the Messiah would have to suffer, be killed, and then amazingly be raised from the dead. I took Jesus aside. I did not want to draw attention to my serious concerns, and told Jesus that His predictions could never happen, not to Jesus the Lord.
My heart was in the right place; I did not want Jesus to die. Jesus harshly rebuked my words, and it got my attention. By denying the truth of Jesus' death, I was going against God's plan. Yes, in hindsight, I could have still professed disdain for the idea, but could have stood behind Jesus and the Lord's laws, asking the Lord to help me come to terms with the news.
Lord, Reveal the areas that I need to work on, and change my attitude. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.