Did I not see you?

Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, “You also are not one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not.” One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I not see you in the garden with him?” Peter again denied it, and at once a rooster crowed. John 18:25-27

Lies are especially hard on the person telling the lie. You have to keep your lies straight and once you go down that road you have to continue to keep telling the lie even in the face of what others say and saw. This is Peter’s problem. He has already said he did not know Jesus and now he is confronted with someone who was at Jesus arrest. Not only were they there that are related to the man whose ear Peter cut off.

What does Peter do? He just says the lie louder. Matthew tells us that Peter began to curse (Matthew 26:69-75) as more and more people began to question him about knowing Jesus and being one of Jesus followers. Peter was seeing what was happening to Jesus and he was scared. Scared that he too would be arrested. So he lied and he kept on lying. Then that rooster crowed, Jesus looked at Peter and Peter slinks off and goes into hiding.

Now before we got too down on Peter stop a minute and think what you would do in the same circumstance. Be honest. For me, I think I would have done exactly what Peter did. Remember, Jesus had not been resurrected yet. For a Jew, the Messiah was supposed to be king that would overthrow Roman rule. For all Peter knew he had chosen the wrong guy. At the time of Jesus’ arrest the best that could happen is if the Jews stoned Jesus, worse case is being handed over to the Romans. Not many people would willingly face either option.

Had Peter just slunk off and was never heard again then maybe we could be a bit more disappointed in him. But to paraphrase Paul Harvey, the rest of the story is amazing. Still I bet Peter wished that he had been truthful from the start. Lies hurt those around us but they eat away at the person telling the lie. It is hard to get past the feeling you betrayed a friend.

Have a blessed day,

David
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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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