“When he [Judas Iscariot] was gone, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in Him. If God is glorified in Him, God will glorify the Son in Himself, and will glorify Him at once. My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for Me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come. A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.’ Simon Peter asked Him, ‘Lord, where are You going?’ Jesus replied, ‘Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.’ Peter asked, ‘Lord, why can’t I follow You now? I will lay down my life for you.’ Then Jesus answered, ‘Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!’” John 13:31-38
Being very honest, this passage frightens me. I accepted Jesus as my Savior when I was 9 years old but I have walked away to satisfy a desire for worldly things. When I realized that nothing the world offers compares to the love of God, I ran back to His arms and have found an intimacy with Him that I never thought possible. I believe I am strong in my faith, despite the hurts and betrayals I’ve experienced from my brothers and sisters in Christ. Yet, we live in a world where, more and more often, Christians are becoming the target of liberalism’s bullets. We are called prejudicial, hateful, and judgmental because we believe in the values and morals clearly spelled out in the Bible.
Peter loved Jesus; he knew that Jesus was the Son of God, he trusted in His omnipotence and omniscience. HE WALKED WITH HIM EVERY DAY; HE COULD SEE THE LOVE IN HIS EYES AND WATCH THE LOVE IN HIS BEHAVIOR. Yet, when human fear enveloped him, Peter denied even knowing the Lord. I believe Peter was sincere when he promised to follow Jesus to the end but words are often much easier than action. Even when Jesus was in his sight, Peter succumbed to the fear.
If someone asked me, “would you stand up for Jesus even if it meant your life?” I could honestly say, “yes” and I believe my own words. I’ve also told my grandson that I’d thrown myself in front of a truck to save him … I totally believe I would. However, to save him or his cousins, his grandpa or others I love completely…I want to believe I would stand up for GOD not matter what, especially knowing that an eternity of wonderfulness awaits those who believe in Him… then I think about Peter. Please, Lord, help me in my weakness…
I see your finger prints
Your Breath of Life is the evidence
And I see Your beauty,
Lord, I can’t deny
Your way to Heaven and I
can’t ignore Your presence in my life.
Your grace is overwhelming and I
cannot hide all this love inside.
I can’t deny, I can’t deny,
I feel Your mercy,
Your faithfulness overflowing
and I know Your peace that passes
all of my understanding.
I can’t deny
You’re everywhere that I could ever go.
I can’t deny
You’re even in the depths of my soul,
‘Cause I can’t deny.
(lyrics by 33 Miles)
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