In this daily Bible reading is the account of Jesus’ disciple Peter denying Jesus three times. Peter was in the High Priest’s courtyard observing what was happening to Jesus as the Pharisees were accusing Jesus of blaspheming. Three times people approached Peter saying that Peter was one of Jesus’ followers. Peter denied it, even saying that he did not know Jesus. This is amazing considering Peter had been with Jesus and observed Jesus’ miraculous powers. Peter had even said that Jesus was the Christ, the son of the living God. Yet, Peter was fearful for his own life and denied Jesus.
The Bible says, “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” In times of danger the natural human reaction is to save one’s self. The Bible says that a time is coming when true believers in Jesus will be persecuted and even killed for their belief. However, they will be offered clemency if they deny Jesus.
Therefore, we must prepare ourselves for those days. We may be faced with the ultimate test of our Faith. So, we must be mentally prepared to die for our Faith. We must not deny Jesus, no matter what. Our eternal destiny depends on it.