Peter Denies Christ
Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept.Mark 14:72
Jesus was arrested and Peter was in the court yard when he was asked three times if he was a disciple of Christ. Three times, Peter denied Christ. While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by. When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him. “You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” she said. But he denied it. “I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,” he said, and went out into the entryway. When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, “This fellow is one of them. Again he denied it. After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.” He began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about.” (Mark 14:66-71)
Peter was alone with those who opposed Jesus and it was fear that caused him to deny Jesus. Fear is one of Satan’s favorite weapons to keep us from witnessing about Christ, especially to those who don’t know Christ. However, the Bible tells us 365 times not to fear. So how do we overcome the fear and become a powerful light for Christ?
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you. ”Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” (John 21:15-17) Three times Peter denied Christ and three times Christ asked Peter, “do you love me”. The unconditional sacrificial agape love that God puts in our hearts gives us the courage to stand for Christ, even to our physical death. Many Christians are suffering and dying for Christ because they will not deny Christ. Their love and their desire to be with Christ is stronger than their fear.
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18) Our love is not perfect, but it will be when we ask the Lord for his power to stand for Christ.
Today, pray for a heart of love that drives the strength to witness for Christ. The Lord will fill your heart with his love, and love motivates us to live and die for Christ.
Prayer: Lord, give me the love and strength to never deny Christ until my last breath. In Jesus’ name, Amen