Mark 14:72 (AMP) – “And at once for the second time a cock crowed. And Peter remembered how Jesus said to him, Before a cock crows twice, you will utterly deny Me [disclaiming all connection with Me] three times. And having put his thought upon it [and remembering], he broke down and wept aloud and lamented.”
How could Peter do it?
Headstrong? Impetuous? Yes, those and more. But to deny Jesus?
Not once. Not twice. Three times.
Cocka-Doodle-Doooooo……You just can’t mistake that irritating sound.
Jesus had him pegged.
Jesus had said all would desert Him.
John showed up at the Cross. The only one.
He must have had doubt in his heart or else ALL doesn’t mean ALL.
Strike the Shepherd and the sheep will scatter.
How easy it is to step away from Jesus and pretend we don’t know Him.
How easy to harbor doubt and denial in our heart even while sitting in church listening to the preacher.
Actions, even subtle acts of non-committal often tell all that needs to be told.
Be careful with that.
There is no middle ground.
Matthew 10:33 – “…but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.”
Lukewarmness doesn’t sit well with Jesus.
Rev. 3:16 – “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”
Straddling a fence is very uncomfortable and it doesn’t work with Jesus.
Yes or no. In or out.
This is a good season to become refreshed in committal. To be renewed in spirit.
This is a good season to show up at the Cross.
A wishy-washy Christian is on no better ground than the rank sinner.
The only solid ground is around the Cross.
Heavenly choir or barnyard crowing?
Keepin’ it Real,