Matthew 26:35: â€œPeter said to Him (Jesus), â€œEven if I have to die with you, I will not deny you!â€ And so said all the disciples.â€
Matthew 26:55b: â€œThen all the disciples forsook Him and fled.â€
Matthew 26:70: â€œBut he (Peter) denied it before them all saying, â€˜I do not know what you are saying.â€
Matthew 26:72: â€œBut again he denied with an oath, â€œI do not know the Man.â€
Matthew 26:74: â€œHe began to curse and swear saying, â€œI do not know the Man.â€Â NKJV
Peter gets lots of attention for his denial of Christ. Peter, as usual, was the spokesman for the disciples and is the subject of many sermons because of his failure.Â Reading about his three denials certainly gives lots of exposure to his abject failures. In spite of Peterâ€™s willingness to die with Christ, he ended up denying His Lord.
Arenâ€™t you glad that we have never denied Jesus? Careful now; have we ever failed to acknowledge our Savior by simply saying nothing?Â Maybe, we are â€œuncomfortableâ€ to speak in a group that was opposed to our faith?Â Maybe, we fear that we wonâ€™t know how to witness?
Perhaps, we are like the new Christian boy who went to a summer camp.Â When he returned, his parents asked him if he suffered any ill treatment because of his faith.Â He replied, â€œOh, nobody found out that I am a Christian.â€Â Could this be a denial of Jesus?Â Do we keep our faith quiet and private at work, when we are socializing, or in our neighborhood?Â Worse yet, are we appearing to be like everyone around us?Â Do we appear to be a part of the world? Are we committing the â€œsin of silenceâ€?
Notice the last part of verse 35. â€œAnd so said all the disciples.â€ Where were they while Jesus was being tried and persecuted? They, too, were so fearful they â€œforsook Him and fledâ€.Â (Matthew 26:55)Â May we never be â€œmissing in actionâ€ when the opportunity arises to witness for our Lord!
â€œBut everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.â€Â Matthew 10:33 NLT.