God’s ways never cease to amaze me. The way He works revealing Himself to those who seek Him, it is incredible. For example during my Scripture study time this morning I increasing felt His presence as I came to know Him more. Everything lined up and fit together perfectly even though I am currently all over the place, in three seemingly random books and chapters but all three seemed to come together beautifully this morning. I began in Exodus chapters 1-10 where verse 3:14 caught my attention:
And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. Exodus 3:14
This phrase was echoed and clarified as being Jesus speaking to Moses in the following verses from my passage in Mark:
But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? And Jesus said, I AM: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Mark 14:61-62
The priests were enraged when Jesus made that statement for they knew He was declaring He is God, and the Son. They knew the statement in Exodus but failed or refused to see the truth that both were spoken by the same I AM! They were blinded by their denial, much as the fool from my Psalms reading today.
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good. Psalms 53:1
While the priests did not outright deny God openly by rejecting Him in the form of His Son they were denying Him and the Jews continue to do so to this day. When we deny Christ we deny God for:
Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. John 14:10
Which brings me to the final chapter from my study time, the Gospel of Mark, and seeing myself in Peter. Peter so desperate to be a disciple, to follow where the Shepherd would lead, as we see earlier in the chapter.
But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I. 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. 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. Mark 14:29-31
Peter meant well, truly seemed to believe what he was promising but as we see in just a short while doubt and fear are beginning to take root, to show their ugly effects in his life when Jesus is asking Peter, John and James to keep watch while he goes over yonder to pray alone.
And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch. Mark 14:34
Well we all know how that went, they were watching with their eyes closed if you know what I mean. All three were asleep when Jesus returned after praying fervently (I mean really fervently, he was sweating blood he was praying so hard!) and He exhorts them with the following:
And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, “Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour?” Mark 14:37
Jesus only calls out Peter by name here, although all were sleeping. I can only wonder if this was a gentle encouragement to poor Peter who was about to know the full weight of guilt and remorse as he openly rejects his Lord three times and ultimately plays a large hand in sentencing Jesus to die. We’ll come back to that though in just a minute, first I want to look at the next words our Savior spoke.
Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. Mark 14:38
Jesus tells them all but Peter in particular to be watchful and prayerful to avoid temptation for He knows that fear is a temptation that causes us to follow the weakness of the flesh as we see all the disciples do as Jesus is betrayed and arrested to be brought before the council and tried. But both John and Peter remember the words of Jesus and struggle against the weak flesh and follow Jesus to the palace of the high priest for the rest of this story.
For you see back in the those days the Jewish tradition was that an accused man only needed to witnesses to testify to his innocence and he would be set free. John follows Jesus into before the counsel in order to be a witness on behalf of Jesus, he defeated his flesh and his spirit overcame which we see in the following passage in John.
And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple: that disciple was known unto the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest. But Peter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple, which was known unto the high priest, and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought in Peter. Then saith the damsel that kept the door unto Peter, Art not thou also one of this man’s disciples? He saith, I am not. John 18:15-17
We also see that Peter wasn’t as victorious as the passage ends with his first denial. He allowed his fear for his life, of being arrested and tried alongside Jesus to overpower him, sin and temptation caused him to reject and deny his Savior which actually gives him a role in Jesus’ conviction because had he joined John in standing for Jesus it may have played out differently. At least that is what Peter thinks after he denies Jesus two more times and realizes that the Son of God was exactly correct when He said Peter would deny Him tee times before the cock crowed twice. That’s a pretty specific prophecy, by the way, that just further helped prove Jesus is who He says HE is. He is the great I AM.
And as Peter was beneath in the palace, there cometh one of the maids of the high priest: And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and said, And thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth. But he denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest. And he went out into the porch; and the cock crew. And a maid saw him again, and began to say to them that stood by, This is one of them. 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. But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak.
For we see that he weeps bitterly when he realizes the level of his depravity and the consequences thereof.
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 bitterly Mark 14:72 & Matthew 26:75
I weep bitterly when I realize I am no better than Peter, I too once rejected and denied my sweet Savior, my Lord. I allowed my weak flesh to control me, sin and temptation leading me down the wide pathway that leads to death and destruction. But just like Peter there was a moment when it all came crystal clear and I realized the folly of my actions, what a fool I was denying God, throwing away the free gift of salvation with both hands. When Jesus finally got through to me I wept bitterly and cried out to be forgiven for my sins, for my rejection, for my role in hanging Him on that tree. Just like Peter instead of continuing to reject God I rejected my sin, repented of it and turned from it, instead clinging to the cross of Christ, the only hope of salvation, of forgiveness. Just as Peter repented and went on to do the Lord’s will for the rest of his life, even unto death as he was martyred for his faith, so to do I carry my cross as I do the Lord’s will for my life.
Praise God He is merciful and grace is a free gift to all who call upon the name of the Son of God, Jesus the Christ, who believe in there heart He is who HE says, the great I AM. And he forgives us, he accepts us when we are sincere in our repentance, when we are true and lay our lives down to pick up our crosses; as we begin to follow the Light of the world, the Savior of the world, Jesus.
I want to petition any of you who may be reading this who have not already picked up your cross, already sought earnestly forgiveness for your sins which put the Lord on that cross and held Him there, to please do so. Please do not wait any longer, no one knows what the next minute may bring, you might meet your maker soon, do not delay making this decision with such important, eternal consequences until it is too late. You do not want to die, or miss the rapture of the church of true believers, because you let the spirit in you be overruled by your weak flesh and it’s love of sin, securing your fate for eternity separated from God, doomed instead to an eternity in the lake of fire reserved for those who deny and reject the saving grace of God. See, He is a loving God and he offers us the choice, we get to choose and He makes the consequences of that choice very clear. Either you call upon Jesus to save you and restore you to right with God, to pay the price for your sins thereby ensuring that your name is written in the Lamb’s book of life or you spend eternity separated from Him in the lake of fire.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15
If you want to make the choice for life but need to know more, have questions, etc. then please comment below or email me at aR3volut1on@outlook.com, I will go through the Scriptures with you, answer any questions you may have, pray for and with you. God loves you so very much and He wants to accept you into the family, to come into your heart and change it make it new, give you the gift of grace, eternal life with your Savior.
If you already my brother or sister in Christ then please be busy about the Father’s work, leading souls to the cross, growing the kingdom before time is up. Everyday we see that time is growing short, prophecies are being fulfilled everyday and very soon Jesus will be returning for his church, his bride. I want to see you all up in the sky on that glorious day, I look forward with great anticipation to our Lord’s return for us soon, and as I look up and watch for it I am also about His work, about showing others that He is the only true Light of the world, the only true King, the Lord, and the only hope for a lost and dying world. He is the Shepherd, my Savior.
As always my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, may God bless and keep you in His perfect peace and love always.