The Other Man

This season is all about Easter. As we contemplate upon the Love of God, the Ignorance of man, and the wickedness of the Devil. In the equation, the day after burial is the quiet day, a day when the disciples must remember the words of the Lord even as the opposition sit back and knock down a few kegs of the fancy stuff. It’s the day before PayDay.

So whilst we wait for the third day, let’s quietly and briefly consider another man. Our brother, Peter.

This is a narrative I believe we are all familiar with. Starting from the upper chamber, when Peter stated with all certainty that even at the cost of his life, he would not deny Jesus. Peter might have been a bit impulsive, but he wasn’t careless. He was a man of honor, and in fairness, he has been through a whole lot with Jesus, in the days He walked the mean streets of Jerusalem.

Mark 14:29-31
[29]But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I.
[30]And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.
[31]But he spake the more vehemently, If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise. Likewise also said they all.

And true to his word, on that day, as everything started to get out of hand, and everyone else ran away. Peter followed on. But we see the first problem. He followed from afar. Jesus always called us to a close walk with him, he didn’t intend for us to be far from Him.

Mark 14:54
[54]And Peter followed him afar off, even into the palace of the high priest: and he sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire.

We must then be wary of anything that puts a distance between us and the blessed Lord.

Next Peter sat in the company of the servants of the High priest.

Remember this was the same high priest that was a mastermind of the current arrest and trial of Jesus. Peter was warming himself with the enemy in the enemy camp. This is where things get out of hand. Peter was asked two questions essentially. Though he was questioned thrice.

The questions are rich study material, but for this post, they were targeted at his association with Jesus and his identification with Him. He falters on the first and fails on the second.

Mark 14:54,70-71
[54]And Peter followed him afar off, even into the palace of the high priest: and he sat with the servants, and warmed himself at the fire.
[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.

For on the second point we hear perhaps the saddest statement in all of the scriptures. Peters says: I know not the man of whom you speak

Have we denied him? Are we finding ourselves drawing away from him? Are we catching warmth in the camp of the enemy? So perhaps rather than a celebration for you, maybe this ought for you to be a time of reconciliation and restoration.

Have you denied Jesus?

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