I’ve been posting about the events surrounding the arrest of Jesus. The focus now turns to Peter, who has been watching from a safe distance. You may want to read Mark 14:66-72 before continuing in this article.
We find Peter in the courtyard, watching the Jews question the Lord. Then, one of the servant girls notices him.
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.
What a response! This is the same man who vehemently said that he would die before denying Christ. Why would he do this?
I believe that Peter is no different than any of us. As he sat there watching the proceedings, he began to go over all of the possible outcomes in his mind. He saw that it was the Pharisees’ intention to put the Lord to death.
His whole focus now became; how to save himself. That was what his mind was dwelling on. What makes me say this?
If you look at Peter’s answer to the girl, you see what I’m talking about. What he gave as a response was actually a legal phrase. It was what a witness would say in a trial if they hadn’t seen what they were being asked about. He gave a well-thought-out answer.
Later on, the servant girl asked Peter a second and a third time if he was one of the disciples of Jesus.
He began to call down curses on himself, and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about.”
Peter actually goes to the point of calling down a curse upon himself if he were lying. Notice that he never mentions Jesus by name, but calls Him “this man”. He had definitely been rehearsing what he was going to say.
Then, suddenly, the truth of what he had done hits him.
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.
I don’t know why this happens. When it comes to sin, we don’t realize the weight of it until after we’ve fallen. Then we feel upset and guilty about it. That’s the time to take care of it.
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
2 Corinthians 7:10
Don’t wallow in guilt and regret. As soon as you realize your sin, repent and be free of it. God doesn’t need time to “cool off”. The Holy Spirit is with you to bring forgiveness and restoration. The quicker you repent, the quicker you can get back on your spiritual feet again.
Question: What has the Lord taught you about quick repentance?
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