But Peter said to Him, “Even though all may fall away, yet I will not.” And Jesus said to him, “Truly I say to you, that this very night, before a rooster crows twice, you yourself will deny Me three times.” But Peter kept saying insistently, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” And they all were saying the same thing also. – Mark 14:29-31
Peter, if he was nothing else, was bold. He was usually the first to speak and the first to act. Say what you will about his thrice denial but remember that he is the only disciple that got out of the boat!
For example, in the instance above, Peter wanted Jesus to know that he would not abandon His Lord, even if everyone else did. In retrospect, it was an arrogant statement, but do not miss the fact that the others agreed. Peter may have been brash, but the others only joined in after they had been “called out” by Peter’s proclamation.
Truth be told, we are neither the warrior nor the coward we think we are. We’re just following Jesus and He knows us better than we even know ourselves. May we be found faithful when our moment of “required faithfulness” arrives.
Honest and courageous people have very little to say about either their courage or their honesty. – Hosea Ballou
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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