“Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, I don’t know the man! Immediately the rooster crowed.” Matthew 26:74
Jesus had just been arrested and taken into custody. The leaders were in the process of trying Him in the court. Many people were around watching what was going on.
Most of the disciples had scattered and went into hiding. Peter gets up close and watches. As he is watching people notice him and know he was with Jesus and confront him about it. Peter denies ever knowing Jesus.
It is easy for a person to look back at Peter and get upset with him. After all he had seen and been through with Jesus, how could he ever deny knowing Jesus? He even got to walk on water with Jesus. Who gets to do that one?
Even in spite of all he had seen and done, he does deny Jesus. Jesus had even stated that Peter would do this before the rooster crowed three times.
Before you point an accusing finger at Peter, take a look at your own life. Yes, before you knew Jesus, you did deny knowing Him, but what about after you had come to know Jesus?
Many Christians will not directly, openly deny Jesus like Peter did with actual denial words, but they still will deny Him in other ways.
When you meet someone, do you make sure you take a moment to share Jesus with him/her? Or do you deny Jesus and remain silent?
When you see someone in need, do you try to help out in any way you can? Or do you deny Jesus and look the other way and let someone else do it?
When you are alone and an opportunity to do a sinful act, do you flee from it and run to Jesus? Or do you deny Jesus and do it anyway?
Each of these ways and many more are quiet ways that you can deny Jesus.
Look at what Jesus did for you: dying a crucified death publicly on the cross. Do you have the right to deny Him publicly now? Do you feel you should deny knowing Him in others?
Do not deny Jesus as Peter did. Live your life as a witness of who Jesus is. Do not let fear get the best of you, trust God.
I pray today that you will promise not to deny Jesus anymore; that you will seek ways to be His witness; that you will talk about Jesus all the time; that God will strengthen you by His Holy Spirit; and that God will build His kingdom through you.