Posted by: everynation | February 20, 2009

How to Deny Jesus

wsmleaderscircle.jpgby Steve Murrell

Denying Christ is a simple 2 step process.
Here’s what it looked like for Peter:

Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome.  –Matt 26:57, 58

1. Follow Jesus at a distance.
Peter kept his distance. He still followed Jesus, just not as passionately as before. People who once followed Jesus closely, but now follow at a distance, have taken the first step toward denial.

2. Hang out with the wrong crowd.
Peter used to hang out with the disciples. Not now. He is sitting with the guards, waiting to see what will happen. Hanging with the wrong crowd is the second step in the denial process.

Are you keeping your distance from Jesus?
Are you hanging with the wrong crowd?

If so, don’t wait for the rooster to crow, do what Peter did:

Remember. (Matt 26: 75)

Repent. (Matt 26: 75)

(today is one of those rare Sunday mornings that i’m not preaching anywhere – so this blog turned into a short preach.)

Steve Murrell is a missionary, pastor, and the author of “The Reluctant Leader” and “The Accidental Missionary.”

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