A great cry for denying Jesus

Following Jesus has always had a great degree of difficulty. For us today, it is a great challenge to follow Jesus without denying him, in a society that loves sin more every day. The disciples of Jesus at that time also had a great challenge, and I believe that one greater than ours, because we are talking about a time where following Jesus could lead you to death. But, there are no excuses to deny our beloved Lord.

The Bible records that Peter, who would later be a great apostle of all times, denied Jesus. In this article we will review the story of Peter regarding the moment he denied Jesus, and from this we can learn a lot so as not to make the same mistake.

First, we remember that moment in which Jesus told Peter that the moment would come that would deny him:

Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.”

Luke 22:34

Before Jesus told this prophecy, Peter was willing to die for Jesus. The same thing happens to us, sometimes we say: “I would die for Christ”. But when we are in the moment, we do the opposite. We have to ask God very much to give us the necessary strength to never deny our Master.

Then, we realize that this is fulfilled in Peter:

66 While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came by.

67 When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him. “You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus,” she said.

68 But he denied it. “I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about,” he said, and went out into the entryway.

69 When the servant girl saw him there, she said again to those standing around, “This fellow is one of them.”

70 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.”

71 He began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about.”

72 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 14:66-72

It is notorious that they were going to know that Peter was with Jesus, since he was his disciple and walked with him everywhere. It was obvious that at a time like this they would recognize him. In this part we no longer see Peter saying: “I am willing to die for you Christ.” We see an attitude totally different from what he had said.

Peter uses a terrible expression when they say he was one of the of Jesus’: “I do not know him, nor do I know what you say.” It is incredible! That man who was willing to give his life for Christ, now poses as someone who does not even know Jesus.

For us, life is so precious that it is often more important to us than God himself. Remember that this should not be our attitude as servants of God:

 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

Matthew 10:39

The impressiveness of the case is not so much that Peter denied Jesus, but that he continued to do so. An attitude of this nature would be totally difficult, and perhaps we have not yet faced a similar situation. But in some small day-to-day circumstances, we sometimes deny Jesus. Can you imagine at a time like Peter’s? What would you do?

The Word of God says:

But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.

Mateo 10:33

There is a very bad reward for those who deny Jesus and become practitioners of that act. Peter is the perfect example for us, since in his life he showed us several mistakes, but despite of that he showed love to Jesus Christ.

Peter was not happy with this situation of denying the Master, but “cried” when he remembered this. The worst thing about denying Jesus is not that people realize it, the worst thing is that we are hurting the Father’s heart with our attitudes, and this must be the central axis of struggle for not to deny our great Lord.

Let us ask God for strength every day to stand firm before any trial and proclaim Jesus Christ every second of our daily life.

2 thoughts on “A great cry for denying Jesus

  • December 30, 2019 at 11:59 am
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    A great cry for denying Jesus
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    Today’s article makes us think of those times when we may have feared to recognize and confess among other people that we are Christians. And, in fact, when we behave in an evi way among people, and we (as unbelievers do) sin against the Law of God, then we deny our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. He said to us:
    “Take my yoke on you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest to your souls.”
    (Matthew 11:29)

    It’s understandable that the apostle Peter, like any of us, could fall into temptation; so he feared to be punished for being a followerof Jesus. As had been the case with some prophets in the past, Jesus was hated; and now also those who loved Jesus, like Peter, needed to endure suffering (even death by pharisees and priests) for Christ’s sake.

    And yet Peter denied his Master three times before the cock crowed twice. Matthew writes:
    “And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said to him, Before the cock crow twice, you shall deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.” (Mark 14:72)

    Peter had said to the Lord: “I will lay down my life for your sake.” (John 13:37) But he could not resist the temptation and failed. Then he thought about Jesus’s words and bitterly cried.

    How many times have some of us denied Jesus, or have put his yoke aside in our relationship with other people?
    It is good for us to recognize our debts and beg the Lord’s pardon; and also to cry for help so that we are faithful to Him.
    May the Lord help us in our lives; and may He not let us fall into infidelity—for He has loved us in a great way.

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  • December 30, 2019 at 3:21 pm
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    LORD JESUS CHRIST I THANK YOU FOR WAKING ME MY MOM MY WIFE UP TO LIVE TO SEE ANOTHER ONE OF YOUR BEAUTIFUL DAY’S JESUS THANK YOU FOR FORGIVING ME AND FORGIVING ME OF MY SINS JESUS THANK YOU FOF GIVING ME YOUR TEACHINGS AND WORDS OF THE HOLY BIBLE TO READ EVERYDAY LORD JESUS I GIVE YOU ALL THE HONOR PRAISE AND GLORY I LOVE YOU LORD JESUS CHRIST IN YOUR NAME I PRAY AMEN AND AMEN.

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