by Christina Farris
66 And as Peter was beneath in the palace, there cometh one of the maids of the high priest:
67 And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and said, And thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth.
68 But he denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest. And he went out into the porch; and the cock crew.
69 And a maid saw him again, and began to say to them that stood by, This is one of them.
70 And he denied it again. And a little after, they that stood by said again to Peter, Surely thou art one of them: for thou art a Galilaean, and thy speech agreeth thereto.
71 But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak.
72 And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept. One might ask how you could deny knowing someone, and I say it simple, because when someone is in trouble no one wants to be around them, they desire to totaly reject them. Not to many people will stand beside someone in trouble or one that is going to trial. When the trial is over and innocents is proven, then one will have all their friends back, even a few that think you got money from your inconvience, but your true friends are ones that hang in their through the trials and hours of darkness so to speak. I have known a few people that have gone to jail, some to be humble, remorseful and even glad their time of punishment was served and for others it was or seemed a total waste of time. It did little good, because they understood not their crime or why they were being punished. When the judicial system fails in any government is to always cause the one convicted to understand the punishment for the crime. Yet time served is the payment for the crime.
Jesus would go to the cross with no remorse for his words or his actions. We wonder why, because the crime he committed was only against man, not God. A harsh truth about man's laws. He was not crucified by the law of God, but the law of man. Jesus was crucified by the prophecy of God spoken in the Old Testament. Was the law of God wrong in regards to causing Jesus to sin against man? The sin against man is far different then sinning against God. What I mean is a sin against God is unto eternal death if unrepented and forgiven. Sin against man only is effect by this life, and life to come in the since of to be known as you were here upon this earth. With this all in mind Peter is denying Jesus, but with each rooster crow, he remember not a thing until the rooster crows the third time. He was there in the night hearing what they would do to Jesus, yet no desire to help him or aid him. He did nothing to protect his Lord. Confusion, frustration, hurt, betrayal of trust and now he is fixing to deal with his own denial of being one of Jesus' followers. Was Peter under the power of Christ?
The answer is Peter walked with Jesus, knew that Jesus was the Christ(the anointed one) and yet did he understand what Jesus anointing was all about. He had a role to play in the life of Peter, that Peter understood not. He sat with Christ, he walked on water with Jesus, he seen the storms and seen Jesus calm them. Yet he would deny Jesus, because of not understanding why the money changers tables were over turned, the accusation that Jesus said the temple would be destory and in three day it would be built again. Plus Peter had just cut off his cousin ear with a sword that Jesus would heal, and not encourage the fight, as if he total gave in, without challenging his accusers.
Three years Peter had been a witness and a disciple of Jesus. He knew the power of Jesus, to heal, to cast out demons, to forgive, and even to raise the dead. The rooster crowed the third time and he began to weep, because he remember what Jesus told him, that he to would deny him and forsake him. The prophetic word coming to pass. Now there was nothing he could do to stop these events unfolding. The prophetic word perhaps giving him hope as he repented to God and asked him for forgiveness. The tears flowing uncontrolably.
The prophetic event unfolding of the lamb being lead to the slaughter and also the words spoke to Peter about his own life by Jesus. It is one thing for Jesus to tell you what will happen to you, but to also be told what will happen to someone else, is even harder to fully understand the reason why. Why was Peter told? Well he was a leader and would be the leader of the church. However he would have to know what was to deny Jesus, so those disciples that had run, would have compassion from Peter, though Peter could not be the forgiver of the sin, only Jesus could. It would give Peter the faith to say God can forgive your sin, and can help your unbelief. Did Peter understand Jesus would rise, to a point I think, but not fully until the day of Christ's resurrection. Then the hope would rise in Peter that Christ had died for their sins, of unbelief. The guilt of crucifying Jesus resting on all, not just those that were present on the day of Christ's crucifixion.
The point being, we all deny who Jesus is until we receive him as Lord and Savior, until we all come to the cross and realize our denial crucified Jesus. Our sin of unbelief kills God every day of our life that we refuse to believe and take notice of his existence. Our choice to believe, to receive instead of continual denial of God love, and power in our life, to grab hold of the hope of salvation through Christ Jesus.
Dear Heavenly Father, help us to believe and no longer deny who Jesus is. To believe in his power and grace so badly needed in our life. As we receive Jesus truth, word,prophecy and promise, that we be no no longer outcasted because of believe, in Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:Romans 10:8-11 KJV
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.