I’ve been reading a Bible plan following the 40 days of Jesus that leads to His crucifixion. It is so sad to read the different accounts from the gospels, and I’ve been left with lots of questions and plenty of tears. How, why, how could they? His disciples followed Him, they KNEW Him, they saw Him perform miracles, so how could they flee when the times got hard?
56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him and fled.
The simple and short answer on why they were afraid is, they were human. Even though they had faith, they were shaken, scared, and unsure of what was happening. Jesus doesn’t seem surprised by the disciples’ abandonment; He knew that this would happen. It had been foretold in Zechariah 13:7 and needed to happen for the scriptures to be fulfilled.
7 “Awake, sword, against my shepherd,against the man who is close to me!”declares the Lord Almighty. “Strike the shepherd,and the sheep will be scattered,and I will turn my hand against the little ones.
It is especially interesting that they all fled, considering that Peter had just cut off an ear to try and protect Jesus.
10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.)
Reading this account made me start wondering, how many times have I been like Peter? Have I been willing to draw my sword to defend the Lord that I know and love? Have I been so sure of Christ that I would cut off the ear of anyone who would try to harm him? Or, have I been like the “other” Peter, the one who chose to flee when things got tough?
That Peter chose to warm himself at the fire of the enemy. That Peter denied knowing the Lord THREE times. Three times!!! It took hearing the rooster crowing to bring him to his senses.
61 The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.”
All of the gospels recount this story, but in Luke, we get an extra piece of information. Luke tells us that as Peter was disowning Jesus, Jesus “turned” and “looked straight” at Peter. I can imagine the flood of emotions that were coursing through Peter. The gospels all tell us that Peter wept bitterly, and I am sure Peter soon asked for forgiveness.
But, what did the “look” that Jesus gave Peter say? Did it say, “I told you so?” Maybe Jesus’s look was full of hurt and said, “how could you.” If Jesus had used either of those looks, then Peter’s reaction might have been different. Peter might have gotten angry or indigent instead of weeping bitterly. So, what did Jesus’s look convey?
Love and compassion are what I think Peter saw when he looked at Jesus. I think that Jesus tried to show through his eyes that He understood and that He said, “I know that you are weak, but I still love you.”
How many times have I denied the Lord? Maybe I haven’t denied the Lord if asked straight out if I believe that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. But, how many times have there been opportunities for me to speak up about the Lord, and I kept my mouth shut.
Not speaking up is a form of denial. Every time the opportunity arises to say that Jesus is your Lord and Savior publically, but you keep quiet – YOU are Peter – Listen…hear the rooster crowing?
To God Goes The Glory
Have A Blessed Day